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    Diageo appoints Thompson president, Drew senior vice president, marketing.

    STAMFORD, Conn. -- Diageo has promoted James Thompson, senior vice president of marketing for the Smirnoff and Captain Morgan brands, to president, global and North American marketing for these brands.

    "James Thompson plays a critical role in the success of two of our most important brands -- Captain Morgan and Smirnoff -- and we are delighted that he will use his North American expertise to continue to build these brands globally," said Mark Waller, executive vice president, consumer strategy and marketing.

    In Thompson's expanded role, he will have responsibility for leading these two global priority brands in the 180 markets around the world in which Diageo operates, while continuing to oversee the brands in North America, Diageo's largest market.

    Since 1994, Thompson has played an important role in shaping the success of Diageo. His roles have included president, Guinness Canada and vice president of marketing for the Guinness Bass Import Co.

    Diageo also named Norma Suter Drew senior vice president of marketing for premium white spirits and for scotch brands, currently managed by Schieffelin & Somerset, which will be transferred to Diageo North America on July 1.

    "Norma is known for her expertise and experience leading major brands and we are delighted to have her on board," said Waller.

    Drew will head up the marketing teams for such renowned brands as Johnnie Walker, the Six Classic Malts of Scotland, Tanqueray, Cîroc vodka and other brands.

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