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Diageo's Nicole is a chemical engineer and distiller

 May 29, 2018

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Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., part of the Diageo family, has appointed 33-year-old Nicole Austin as their new General Manager and Distiller. Formerly known as George Dickel Distillery, Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. is home to George Dickel Tennesse Whisky.

Nicole is an experienced chemical engineer and distiller. In her new role, she's been tasked with heading up the brand’s 148-year legacy of making Tennessee’s smoothest, award-winning craft whisky. Nicole is one of many women spearheading the industry, joining the likes of Rebecca Weir, Scotland's first female coppersmith and Johnnie Walker whisky blender, Emma Walker, to name just a few. 

Diageo thrives on talent from diverse backgrounds

Diageo understands that for their business to thrive and flourish, they depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which they operate. And, Diageo views diversity as one of the key enablers that help their business to grow.

Nicole has already established a strong reputation within the industry, which makes her a great fit for this pioneering General Manager and Distiller role. Her story is testament to the fact that individuals with the most diverse and varied background can excel within the industry. Nicole graduated from Manhattan College with a major in Chemical Engineering in 2006, before landing her position as a Master Blender for Kings County Distillery in 2010.

Nicole’s story was recently featured in the American publication, The Tennessean. You can read the article in full here.

Join women like Nicole at Diageo

Join a team of over 30,400 people who play an integral part in the diverse and exciting culture at Diageo. With career opportunities in 180 countries, Diageo is always looking for talented individuals to join their team. Apply today and see where your Diageo career can take you. 

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