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Diageo's India native boss Ivan Menezes dies at 63

Longtime CEO drove sales surge and sustainability push at spirits king

Ivan Menezes, seen here in October 2022, was instrumental in the "Keep Walking" campaign for Johnnie Walker whisky when he was Diageo's marketing chief.    © Reuters

(Reuters) -- Diageo on Wednesday said longtime boss Ivan Menezes, who held the CEO role at the world's biggest spirits company for 10 years, had died after a brief illness.

The 63-year-old, who was set to retire at the end of this month, was in a hospital receiving treatment for conditions including a stomach ulcer, the Johnnie Walker whisky maker announced this week.

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