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Diageo boss departs

2Q==-1The head of spirits and beer giant Diageo Australia is shifting to kitchens and bathrooms as the next chief executive of GWA Group.

Tim Salt has been MD of Diageo Australia for seven years, overseeing the Australian and New Zealand operations of the company behind Bundaberg Rum, Johnnie Walker, and Guinness.

He had previously worked with Pepsi in the US and Australia, and with brewer Lion Nathan, and was head of Arnott’s Australasia before joining Diageo.

GWA, the owner of bathroom and kitchen fixtures brands including Caroma, Dorf and Fowler, has appointed Salt to replace CEO, Peter Crowley, who will retire at the end of June, 2016.

Salt will join GWA in September though, stepping in as executive general manager of bathroom and kitchens while he transitions to the top job.

GWA’s current kitchens and bathrooms GM, Les Patterson, is retiring on June 30 after 11 years with the company.

Chairman Darryl McDonough said Salt’s experience means he is well equipped to drive GWA’s growth.

“Tim is an outstanding senior executive, who possesses global best practice skills having worked across the UK, USA and Australia,” he said.

GWA shares closed up five cents, or 2.12 per cent, at $2.41.


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