Diageo celebrated its 20th anniversary this past weekend. Created on December 17, 1997, through the merger of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness, Diageo has grown to a global leader in beverage alcohol, with its products being sold in 180 countries. The milestone was celebrated around the world by the company’s 30,400 employees with activities including a time capsule ceremony at Cardhu Distillery in Scotland, the home of Johnnie Walker, to employees in Lagos, Nigeria and Sydney, Australia toasting the occasion with a dram of Johnnie Walker Black Label.
In London, to mark the celebration, Diageo’s Chief Executive, Ivan Menezes, along with the company’s team of Scotch Whisky Blenders and fellow members of the senior leadership team opened the market at the London Stock Exchange. Menezes said, “I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the past 20 years, which is testament to the commitment of our talented employees past and present. Diageo is a young company created from the incredible entrepreneurial legacy of John Walker, Pierre Smirnoff, Charles Tanqueray, Arthur Guinness and many more – and this spirit continues today.” Deirdre Mahlan, President, Diageo North America said, “It’s extraordinary to consider how Diageo has grown and matured as a company over the past two decades, both around the globe, and in North America.”