Diageo, the drinks firm behind brands such as Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Baileys, has announced the appointment of Ivan Menezes as its new chief operating officer. Menezes, who will report into chief executive Paul Walsh, is currently president Diageo North America and chairman of Diageo Asia Pacific and Diageo Latin America & Caribbean. In his new role, he will lead Diageo's operating businesses globally adding responsibility for Europe and Africa to his current responsibility for North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America & Caribbean. Walsh said: “Given our strong performance momentum and the scope and scale of our ambition, the Diageo board and I agree that now is the right time to extend Ivan's remit to embrace all of our markets globally. Ivan has a track record of delivery throughout his eight-year leadership in North America and more recently in Asia Pacific and Latin America & Caribbean, and I am confident that Ivan can sustain and develop the performance momentum we demonstrated in our half year results as he broadens his responsibilities. “We have highly capable leaders in our regions and markets and I am confident that their partnership with Ivan will enhance our leadership capacity at the top of the business. I very much look forward to working even more closely with Ivan to deliver our exciting future.”