UK – Diageo, the British multinational alcoholic beverages company has appointed Susan Kilsby as a non-executive director to its board and a member of its Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Susan was appointed chairman of Shire Plc, an Irish-based global specialty biopharmaceutical company in 2014 after joining the drug maker in 2011.

Also, she is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Goldman Sachs International, Fortune Brands Home & Security and BBA Aviation.

She brings expertise and experience gained in her career when she worked in investment banking, holding senior roles at Credit Suisse, Barclays, Bankers Trust and First Boston Corporation.

Before this, she worked at Credit Suisse, where she was Chairman, EMEA Mergers and Acquisitions until 2009 and a Senior Advisor until 2014.

“I am delighted to welcome Susan to the Diageo Board.

Her expertise and experience in finance and M&A will serve Diageo well as we work towards our ambition to become one of the most trusted and respected consumer products companies in the world.

I am sure Susan will be an inspiration to our people and the way we work,” said Javier Ferran, Diageo Chairman.

The owner of Johnnie Walker and Guinness from its website says that they celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive, collaborative culture that benefits both our people and our business.

Appointment of Susan achieves gender parity on its board of directors, within its business and communities it operates in.

Diageo says that having a diverse workforce helps better understand customers as well as drive innovation.