Rodney Williams

by Justin Cates
Rodney Williams
President,Diageo Beer Company & President, Diageo Canada

Rodney Williams serves as President of the Diageo Beer Company and President, Diageo Canada for Diageo.

Based in New York, Rodney’s duties range from overseeing the iconic Guinness Beer along with Smirnoff Ice and Lone River Ready-To-Drink brands, and Diageo’s entire portfolio – from Johnnie Walker, Don Julio and Casamigos to Bulliet, Tanqueray and Bailey’s – in Canada.

Rodney joined from Moët Hennessy USA (MHUSA), where he spent 11 years in varied roles in North America, including a final role there as Global (Maison) President of Belvedere Vodka.

He oversaw Belvedere becoming the first distillery to win a green energy grant from the European Commission, having cut CO2 emissions by over 80%. Prior to this, he served as CMO of MHUSA, including Dom Perignon, Krug, Moët and Ruinart Champagnes, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Scotch, and Hennessy Cognac.

Rodney serves as a trustee of the James Beard Foundation, director of the National Review Board of Motion Pictures, board member of the ETHS Foundation, and a member of the Executive Leadership Council.

Rodney holds an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a B.A. degree from Amherst College.

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