Angus McPherson Diageo

Angus McPherson appointed Diageo Australia MD

April 8, 2020
By Alana House

Angus McPherson has been appointed Managing Director of Diageo Australia, effective from April 20, 2020.

Reporting Diageo’s President Greater China and Asia, Sam Fischer, McPherson will lead Diageo’s Australia and New Zealand business, including manufacturing, marketing and sales.

“I’m delighted to welcome Angus to Diageo,” Fischer said. “He has many years of international experience working in the beverage alcohol industry. He will bring deep sales and marketing experience and performance delivery discipline, and drive outstanding relationships with the team, customers and industry in this exciting market.

“Over the past eight years, he’s held various Managing Director roles at Treasury Wine Estates, with increasing scale and complexity.

“He led the transformation of TWE’s Australia and New Zealand business, where he and his cross-functional team grew flagship wine brands and successfully launched a number of disruptive innovations in the market, as well as significantly improving the supply chain. He has built strong relationships with key retailers in the market and held board positions on DrinkWise, Alcohol Beverages Australia and Australian Grape and Wine Inc (formerly the Australian Winemakers Federation).

“In his last position at TW he had accountability for the largest business in North America and led the global sales function. He has developed diverse teams and grown talent, including succession from within his team.”

McPherson was appointed as TWE’s President of the Americas in August 2019, but was unable to take up the position due to personal reasons.

Angus McPherson said: “I’m excited about joining Diageo, a company that globally is one of the best brand builders in our industry. I look forward to working with the team in Australia, building on the platform that David and the entire team have put in place over the past five years.

“These are challenging times for many of our customers, and I’m energised around working to find solutions to support the customers that are such great partners with Diageo.”

David Smith Diageo Australia
Diageo McMahons Point NSW Sydney Australia – 01.11.2019 Photo by Fiora Sacco

The appointment follows the announcement that current Diageo Australia Managing Director David Smith will take up a new role with Diageo as Managing Director, Southern Europe.

McPherson will begin his transition to the role this month and is working through a virtual handover plan with Smith. Once travel restrictions have been lifted, Angus, his wife and their three daughters will move from Melbourne back to McPherson’s home city of Sydney, from which he has been away for more than 20 years.   

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