Ednah Otieno has been appointed HR Director for Diageo in Great Britain, the first Kenyan in the role


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Diageo GB appoints Ednah Otieno as Human Resources Director

Diageo GB appoints Ednah Otieno as Human Resources Director

 April 27, 2021

Ednah Otieno has been appointed HR Director for Diageo in Great Britain. Ednah becomes the first Kenyan appointed to the role.

She was formerly Group HR Director at East African Breweries (EABL) that sees Diageo as its the largest stakeholder.

Her excellent work at EABL and her efforts towards inspiring and creating a strong succession pipeline has earned her high praise. She is also credited for building a strong learning culture that focuses on self-directed learning. Her efforts towards implementing parental leave and enabling cross-functional collaborations while also ensuring diversity through parity hiring are noteworthy achievements in her experience-rich career of 18 years.  

Looking back, Otieno started her career with EABL Africa as a graduate trainee in 2003. Back then, she served in different roles in the HR team, from handling talent, rewards to shared services. She then joined Airtel Africa in 2014, as head of organisation effectiveness and rewards. In 2015, she joined Mars Wrigley as the Head of People before returning to Diageo as Group Human Director, EABL in 2017 where she also served as head of rewards for Diageo Africa.

Ecstatic about her new role, Ednah said: "This historic promotion falls in line with our diversity and inclusion agenda that of the Diageo Group. At EABL, we celebrate diversity and strive to create an inclusive culture that enables every individual in the organisation to contribute and grow in an environment where everyone is valued for who they uniquely are. I’m proud that my promotion epitomises this culture."

A diverse and vibrant workforce

Diageo has more than 27,775 talented people working together to grow its business and nurture its brands. The company is committed to the professional and personal development of all its employees, ensuring that Diageo remains a great place to work.

Diageo has a diverse and vibrant workforce. They actively look for people with a wide variety of personalities, experiences and perspectives to create a stimulating and rewarding working environment where everyone can flourish.

At Diageo you’ll find mould-breakers and decision-makers, creators and doers – all working together to grow the business, nurture its brands and help the world celebrate life, every day, everywhere.


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