Paul Walsh

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"Paul Walsh will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Walsh is Chairman of Compass Group PLC, having been appointed to the role in 2014, and he recently served as Chairman of Ontex Group NV, where he helped prepare the company for its initial public offering in June 2014. Mr. Walsh also serves as an advisor for LEK Consultants and TPG Capital LLP, positions he has held since 2014, and served as a director of Pace-I.

"Previously, Mr. Walsh had a long career with Diageo plc, where he served as an advisor from July 2013 through 2014 and as Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to June 2013. Before Diageo plc was formed by the merger of Guinness PLC and Grand Metropolitan plc., Mr. Walsh joined Grand Metropolitan plc’s brewing division in 1982 and became its Finance Director in 1986. Mr. Walsh has also held financial and commercial positions with InterContinental Hotels Group and in Grand Metropolitan’s food business, becoming CEO of the Pillsbury Company, LLC in 1992. He was appointed to the Grand Metropolitan’s Board in 1995 and to the Diageo Board in 1997.

"Mr. Walsh is Chairman of Avanti Communications Group PLC and a non-executive director of FedEx Corporation, Rm2 International Sa, and Simpsons Malt Limited. Mr. Walsh previously served as a non-executive director of Unilever PLC and United Spirits Limited. Mr. Walsh is a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group and also a UK Business Ambassador. Mr. Walsh is well-qualified to serve as a director because of his significant directorship experience, his broad experience in the retail and services sectors, and his previous role as a director of Pace-I." [1]

Joined Compass Group "as non-executive director in January 2014. Appointed Chairman in February 2014. Former Chief Executive, Diageo plc, from September 2000 to June 2013 and now an adviser to the Chairman and Chief Executive, having originally joined the Board in 1997. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Pillsbury Company, Chairman of Ontex Group N.V. and a director of GrandMet. Former non-executive director of Unilever PLC, Centrica plc and United Spirits Limited. Paul is a Member of the Business Advisory Group for Britain, Business Ambassador on the UK Government’s Business Ambassador network and a Member of the Council of the Scotch Whisky Association.

"Current external appointments Chairman of Avanti Communications Group plc and Chime Communications Limited. Non-executive director of HSBC Holdings plc, FedEx Corporation, RM2 International S.A. and Simpsons Malt Limited and a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.[2]


Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Diageo is also a member of the American LEgislative Exchange Council (ALEC), sitting on its Corporate ("Private Enterprise") Board as of 2011.[3]

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  1. TPG Board, organizational web page, accessed May 22, 2020.
  2. Compass Group plc Board, organizational web page, accessed April 2, 2016.
  3. Private Enterprise Board, ALEC website, accessed July 7, 2011.

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