Sally Grimes

Chief Executive Officer, Diageo North America

Sally Grimes

Sally Grimes is the Chief Executive Officer at Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol. Diageo has an outstanding collection of more than 200 brands, including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit, Smirnoff, Cîroc, Ketel One, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness, enjoyed in more than 180 countries with their North America headquarters based in New York. 

With over 25 years’ experience in the food and beverage sector, Sally is a proven leader in consumer goods and is well-known as a world class innovator and brand builder. She has a passion for developing a winning culture and is a dedicated champion of inclusion and diversity. Sally was most recently the Chief Executive Officer at Clif Bar & Company, the leading maker of organic energy bars in North America. There she successfully led the development of a 10-year strategic growth plan before the sale of the company to Mondelez International.

Previously, she was Group President of the Prepared Foods segment of Tyson Foods, America’s largest food company, reporting into the Global CEO. Sally's early career began in banking, followed by multiple positions within large consumer goods companies, from Kraft Foods to Newell Brands. 

Highlights of Sally's industry recognition include Fast Company's "Top 100 Most Creative People in Business" and Fortune’s "Most Powerful Women to Watch." Sally is an experienced non-executive director, having worked on several boards.

Sally received an undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University and an M.B.A from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Sally currently lives in New York City.