Diageo: Caribbean-Central America GM steps up to senior GTR role as Dayalan Nayager takes key local position

Dayalan Nayager, currently Managing Director for Global Travel, has been appointed to Managing Director for GB, Ireland and France.

Eduardo Barp

Nayager will be replaced by Eduardo Barp, currently General Manager Caribbean & Central America as head of the travel retail business. He will report to Alberto Gavazzi, President, Diageo Latin America and Caribbean, Global Travel and Global Sales. Both positions become effective on January 1, 2019.

Charles Ireland, Managing Director for GB, Ireland and France will leave Diageo at the end of 2018, after more than 20 years with the company. In his new role, Nayager will be reporting to John Kennedy, President, Diageo Europe, Turkey and India.

Statement from Diageo:

Dayalan Nayager has worked in Diageo’s Travel Retail business for nearly four years, before becoming Managing Director for Global Travel in 2016. Over this time, he has propelled the business towards solid growth and has seen Travel Retail’s number 1 spirit brand, Johnnie Walker, extend its market leading position in 2017 (IWSR 2017).

Dayalan and his team have been focused on commercially transforming the Global Travel business. It started with returning the business from Singapore to London in 2016, followed by a reshape of the strategy to ensure that the organization remained customer focused, whilst still providing strong financial performance. Eduardo Barp will utilize his years of commercial leadership experience within Diageo to help him transition smoothly to the new role, with continuity being provided under Alberto Gavazzi.

Eduardo Barp has been the General Manager Caribbean & Central America since 2016. He joined Diageo in 2007 as Sales Director for Mexico, where under his leadership Scotch volumes doubled and NSV tripled. Barp moved in 2011 to be Commercial Lead for Business Development for Diageo Latin America and Caribbean before being appointed Customer Development Director, Western Europe. He was appointed as the General Manager, Venezuela in 2013 leading a business under highly complex circumstances with exceptional skill and leadership before moving to his current role. Eduardo Barp’s replacement will be announced at a later date.

Alberto Gavazzi, President Diageo Latin America and Caribbean, Global Travel and Sales said: “Dayalan leaves the Global Travel business in great shape. It has never been as structured and disciplined as it is today, with such a strong focus on the customer, and I wish him all the best in his new European role. I would like to congratulate Eduardo on his appointment to the Global Travel team and look forward to working with him on this exciting global agenda.”