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Diageo names next general counsel

Diageo has announced a change of general counsel two weeks after rival Pernod Ricard revealed its own new top lawyer.

Tom Shropshire is a partner at global law firm Linklaters

Tom Shropshire, a partner at global law firm Linklaters, will take over as Diageo’s general counsel & company secretary in September. Shropshire replaces Siobhán Moriarty, who is retiring after 24 years with the company.

Earlier this month, Pernod Ricard lined up former Mars executive Anne-Marie Poliquin as its next general counsel. Poliquin takes on the role in March.

Shropshire, a Linklaters partner since 2006, has advised some of the world’s largest companies on corporate M&A, capital markets transactions and corporate governance and is a member of the steering committee for The Parker Review, an independent review into the diversity of UK boards.

“I am delighted to welcome Tom to Diageo,” said CEO Ivan Menezes. “His leadership and wealth of experience in corporate advisory, M&A and capital markets, along with his passion and advocacy for sustainability, inclusion and diversity, will make him a great asset for our executive team and board.”

Moriarty was appointed general counsel in 2013 before taking on company secretary duties in 2018.

In January, an open letter from The Coca Cola Co’s head lawyer criticised the legal profession for its lack of inclusion. Bradley Gayton, who was appointed Coca-Cola’s general counsel in September last year, also unveiled new rules on diversity commitments for any law firm Coca-Cola works with.

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