Diageo shakes up global supply chain team

4 April 2013

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4 April 2013 | Adam Leach

Global drinks company Diageo has appointed Joy Rice as regional supply chain support director for Asia Pacific, following the relocation of her predecessor Paul Gallagher to North America.

Rice, who has been with the company since 1996 and was most recently supply chain director for the Russia and Eastern Europe hub, will lead the strategy of the company’s supply chain operations across Asia Pacific.

The role is likely to contain particular focus on local sourcing following the announcement last month that the company, which owns Smirnoff and Guinness, is aiming to source 50 per cent of its supplies from local markets.

Commenting on the new role, Rice said in a statement: “I have been impressed by the team’s focus on implementing an efficient and responsive supply chain and look forward to working together with my market colleagues to unlock further growth through innovation, particularly in the luxury and premium brands that represent a unique growth opportunity for Diageo Asia Pacific.”

Her appointment follows the relocation of Paul Gallagher to North America, where he has taken on the role president of supply for the region. Gallagher will take charge of the company’s supply chain operations in the region, having spent the past four years as supply chain director for Asia Pacific.

In an interview with Supply Business earlier this year, Gallagher explained procurement is seen as an integral to the company. “The function is totally integrated into the business, right down to the grass roots-roots level, which is where we realise the biggest value,” he said.

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