Diageo has appointed Debra Crew, the former president and chief executive of Reynolds American, as a non-executive director.

Crew was also president and chief commercial officer of RJ Reynolds and president at PepsiCo.

Diageo chairman, Javier Ferrán, said: “I am delighted that Debra is joining the Diageo board. Her expertise in FMCG and experience as a former CEO will add to and complement the current board and will serve Diageo well as we continue to progress on our journey to achieving our ambition to become one of the most trusted and respected consumer products companies in the world.

”I very much look forward to welcoming Debra to the team and am confident that she will make a valuable contribution to the long-term sustainable success of the company.”