Paul Walsh is Executive Chairman of luxury automotive, motorsport and technology company McLaren Group.

Paul brings a wealth of business experience to McLaren having been Chief Executive Officer of FTSE 100 listed drinks company Diageo for 13 years having spent over three decades in total with the company.

He was previously Chairman of Compass Group PLC, the world’s leading contract catering company and a major support services provider operating in around 50 countries while employing over 500,000 people.

Previously, Paul was Chief Executive of Diageo plc from September 2000 to 30 June 2013. Paul joined GrandMet’s brewing division in 1982 and became Finance Director in 1986. He held financial and commercial positions with Inter-Continental Hotels and in the GrandMet food business, becoming CEO of The Pillsbury Company in 1992.

Paul was appointed to the GrandMet Board in October 1995 and to the Diageo Board in December 1997.

Paul is also a non-executive director of FedEx Corporation and McDonald’s Corporation.