Diageo ends year-long search for US GC

Diageo has appointed Kellye Walker to fill its vacant North American general counsel role. Walker, who joins from warehouse retail stores chain BJ’s Wholesale Club, replaces Wally Martinez, who quit the company to become managing partner at Hunton & Williams. She will report to Diageo global general counsel Tim Proctor and will be a member of the Diageo North America executive team. The North America general counsel position had been vacant for just under a year, after Martinez quit the company after little more than 12 months in the role to become the youngest managing partner in Hunton’s history.