Mark Sandys

Non-executive Director

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Mark Sandys has worked at Diageo for 25 years, beginning as a graduate trainee.

In July 2022, Mark Sandys was appointed Chief Innovation Officer for Diageo, responsible for the full portfolio of brands worldwide and for all of Diageo’s R&D, sustainability, and digital innovation.

Prior to this role, Mark was the Global Head of Beer, Baileys, Smirnoff & Captain Morgan. In this role, Mark was accountable for all of Diageo’s beer businesses worldwide and some of the largest and most loved spirits brands in the world.

Before this, Mark was the Category Director, Whisky & Reserve, for Diageo Asia Pacific, based in Singapore, and the Marketing Director for Diageo Russia and Eastern Europe, based in Moscow.

He first joined Diageo in 1997 as a graduate trainee and worked for first five years in sales and marketing roles on the Guinness brand in GB, before managing the Gin portfolio in the UK and then taking the position of Strategy & Innovation Director for the Baileys Global Brand team in Dublin.

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