Kathryn Mikells joined Diageo in November 2015, having been appointed chief financial officer of Diageo plc and a member of Diageo plc’s board of directors. She is responsible for all Diageo finance functions, including tax, treasury, investor relations, audit, and risk management, as well as for strategy, business development, IT and shared services, and supply and procurement.
Prior to joining Diageo, Mikells was chief financial officer for Xerox Corporation, following CFO roles at the ADT Corporation, Nalco, and UAL Corporation (parent company of United Airlines). During her 16 years with United Airlines, Mikells served as executive vice president and chief financial officer following a variety of senior finance leadership roles, including head of investor relations, vice president of financial planning and analysis, and treasurer.
Mikells earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She serves on the board of directors for the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.