Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh

Chairman at CHIME COMMUNICATIONS PLC

Net worth: 4 M $ as of 2024-05-30

69 year
Consumer Non-Durables
Consumer Services
Finance

Profile

Paul Steven Walsh (born 15 May 1955) is an English businessman. He was the chief executive of Diageo, the world's largest spirits group, for twelve years between 2000 and 2013.

Walsh was criticised in the press for what was seen as his excessive remuneration, but received admiration for his ability to build brands. He spent the majority of his career at Diageo and its precursor Grand Metropolitan. His most notable decision was the acquisition of the Seagram drinks company, which added Captain Morgan rum and Crown Royal Canadian whisky to Diageo's roster of brands.

Walsh's tenure in charge of Diageo closely mirrored his behaviour as head of the Pillsbury food business: selling off non-essential assets such as Burger King and aggressively marketing a select number of "core" brands. He was disciplined regarding prices paid for the acquisition of assets. Towards the end of his Diageo career, he increased the company's exposure to developing markets such as India and China.

In February 2014 Walsh became the non-executive chairman of Compass Group, the world's largest catering company. His role as an advisor to Diageo will end in September 2014.

Early life
Walsh was born in Middleton, and raised in the former mill town of Chadderton, Lancashire, in the North West of England. The only child of Arthur and Anne Walsh, his father was a pipe fitter who later ran a small thermal engineering company, and his mother was a housewife. His great grandfather emigrated from Ireland, hence he bears the common Irish surname of Walsh. Walsh gained his pilot license, but failed the medical examination to fly fighter jets due to colour blindness. He did not enjoy accounting, but reasoned that the skill would provide a good gateway into business.< He moved to London to work for International Computers Limited, and later the American Eaton Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial equipment, which he says he learnt a "can-do attitude".

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Known holdings in public companies

CompanyDateNumber of sharesValuationValuation date
2023-09-21 14,745 ( 0.01% ) 4 M $ 2024-05-30
2023-12-06 775,151 ( 1.23% ) 276 729 $ 2024-05-30

Paul Walsh active positions

CompaniesPositionStart
FEDEX CORPORATION Director/Board Member 1995-12-31
CHIME COMMUNICATIONS PLC Chairman 2015-12-31
MCDONALD'S CORPORATION Director/Board Member 2019-01-13
VINTAGE WINE ESTATES, INC. Director/Board Member 2023-02-06
Chairman -
Director/Board Member 2020-04-13
Chairman 2020-03-17
Director/Board Member -
The University of Reading Corporate Officer/Principal -
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Training of Paul Walsh

Manchester Metropolitan University Undergraduate Degree

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100 +

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44

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Linked companies

Listed companies11
GENERAL MILLS, INC.

Consumer Non-Durables

MCDONALD'S CORPORATION

Consumer Services

DIAGEO PLC

Consumer Non-Durables

FEDEX CORPORATION

Transportation

UNILEVER PLC

Consumer Non-Durables

HSBC HOLDINGS PLC

Finance

CENTRICA PLC

Utilities

COMPASS GROUP PLC

Consumer Services

ONTEX GROUP NV

Consumer Non-Durables

UNITED SPIRITS LIMITED

Consumer Non-Durables

VINTAGE WINE ESTATES, INC.

Consumer Non-Durables

Private companies30

Distribution Services

Commercial Services

Grand Metropolitan Plc

Consumer Non-Durables

Consumer Services

Process Industries

Communications

Consumer Non-Durables

Consumer Non-Durables

Commercial Services

Communications

Grand Metropolitan, Inc.

Consumer Services

Miscellaneous

Grandmet Foods (UK) Ltd.

United Kingdom Department of Energy & Climate Change

Government

Grandmet Ltd.

Business Council for Britain

Commercial Services

The Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group

Non-Energy Minerals

Distribution Services

Finance

Grand Metropolitan Brewing Ltd.

Consumer Services

Finance

Finance

Consumer Durables

Consumer Durables

Process Industries

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