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As Chief Executive of Diageo, Ivan has taken strong measures to support gender balance within the business, where 50% of its Board and 40% of its Executive Committee are currently women. This includes setting targets for gender balance in senior leadership and insisting on diverse shortlists for external hires. In 2019 Diageo launched an ambitious parental leave policy offering all female employees globally six months fully paid maternity leave and offering the same benefit to men in a majority of markets. Since launch, the average number of paternity leave days taken by men increased from 23 to 105. While speaking at the 2019 Confederation of Business Industry (CBI) Inclusive workplace conference, Ivan drew attention to the need for greater diversity while calling for more employers to come together and become ambassadors for change. In 2018, Ivan was honored with the Men As Change Agents Award from the Women’s Business Council.

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