March 29 2012  |  People

Diageo GTME appoints new Managing Director

By Ryan White

Diageo GTME today announced that from May 1, Roland Abella, currently Managing Director of India, will assume the role of Managing Director GTME. After two years leading the GTME business Jane Ewing will hand over to Roland and her next move will be the subject of a future announcement.

Roland has been in the Asia Pacific region for the past three years leading the growth of the Diageo India business. He joined Diageo in 1999 in the Lebanon business driving domestic marketing to build and develop brands including Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, J&B and Baileys. He was promoted to the role of General Manager North Africa before moving, in 2002, to head the Levant region (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq). In 2006 Roland was appointed Regional Director for MENA, based in Dubai, a role he led until 2009, during which time he developed a deep knowledge of the GTME business. He will be based in Singapore.

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