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Mairéad Nayager

Recognising the importance of diversity to Diageo’s business ambitions, Mairéad led efforts across the business to put a real focus on ensuring they are recruiting, developing and retaining people of all backgrounds, which includes people from all ethnic backgrounds. In South Africa, Mairéad worked to transform Diageo JV’s approach on the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment agenda, significantly improving its BBBEE contribution from a ‘Level 8’ contributor to ‘Level 6’ over 3 years, with Diageo SA now 100% compliant at ‘Level 4’. Following Diageo’s recent pledge to improve the career outcomes for BAME employees in the UK, they have signed the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter, and Mairéad has become Diageo’s ‘Executive Sponsor for Race’. She is also executive sponsor for the newly formed ‘REACH’ Employee Resource Group, which aims to foster an inclusive working environment where everyone can be at their best, by providing a community structure and support system that promotes the recruitment, retention and development of ethnically diverse employees.

Joanie Kwok

Joanie is no stranger to pushing past her comfort zone to further dialogue around diversity; she uses her own (still growing) experience of cultural duality to bridge gaps in understanding. She was born in Queens, NY and raised in a Chinese & pan-Asian dominant neighbourhood. Because of this, she didn’t fully cherish her heritage until attending Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. She very quickly pivoted to become a lead within the Pac Asia club and a participant in conversations around embracing race & ethnicity on campus. Joanie is now co-chair of Anheuser-Busch’s US Pac-Asia employee resource group, a part of the company’s wide reaching D&I initiatives. The group’s mission is two-fold: to generate awareness of Asian American consumers to the larger organization by sharing their diverse experiences and to create an inclusive community for Asian & POC employees. The hope is that with more awareness comes more compassionate curiosity in engaging with different consumer bases. Externally, she has served as a lead within Asian American for Equality and the Museum of Chinese in America young professional groups, and volunteers with AALDEF to conduct the post-election poll survey in ethnic communities. Feel free to give her a ping if you’re looking for non-light beer pairings for Asian cuisines!

Hina Nagarajan

As Managing Director for Africa Emerging Markets at Diageo, Hina has the opportunity to lead one of Diageo’s most dynamic and culturally diverse regions including Ethiopia, Cameroon, Mozambique, Angola, Ghana and more. The role is a natural platform for her to role model diversity & inclusion by giving respect to all and treating everyone as a member of the large Diageo Africa Emerging Markets team. It is Hina’s mission to inspire and mobilise those she works with to deliver high performance standards, realise their full potential and be recognised within the larger Diageo ecosystem. She works with her leadership teams to create powerful opportunities for people to demonstrate their capabilities, potential and then highlight their achievements and talent to the Diageo executive to give them career progression. She supports many BAME colleagues through mentoring, which she extends beyond Diageo through Menttium, a cross company corporate mentoring platform for high potential future female Asian leaders. In India, Hina was on the national and regional boards of AMCHAM driving advocacy for companies providing part time opportunities to Indian women. In Malaysia, she was involved with TalentCorp, an agency that works with the government to attract, nurture and retain the right talent to enable Malaysia to reach its potential, helping raise career aspirations of local talent. In China, Hina was an active member of Women for Women, which meets to discuss barriers at work for Asian senior women and how to overcome them.

Perry Jones

Having joined Diageo in 2017, Perry’s department’s business has increased ethnic minority hiring from 32% in 2017 to 47% in 2018. He is actively involved in the North America African Heritage Employees at Diageo (AHEAD) business resource group, and helps drive efforts to accelerate their focus on diversity and inclusion. He recently served on a panel discussion as part of a new “Are you IN” series for employees, which took place during Black History Month and has resulted in an increased level of attention to diversity and inclusion awareness. Externally, Perry serves on the Board of Trustees for the Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University, is a board member at Grambling State University School of Personal development, and participates in mentoring programmes for women and ethnic minority individuals. Additionally, this year Perry was named as one of Savoy magazine’s “Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.”