Diageo N.A. to Move Headquarters to Norwalk, CT
New 270,000 Square Foot Home Set to Open in 2005
NORWALK, Conn., April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Diageo North America President and CEO Ivan Menezes announced today that Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks company, will move its North American corporate headquarters, currently occupying seven buildings in Stamford, CT and White Plains, NY, to a facility located in Norwalk, CT. "Our company is more than the products it sells or our stock symbol - it is the aspirations, energy and intelligence of our employees that makes us proud of who we are and what we do," Menezes said. "Today, we thank our employees for growing with us and moving to this new facility, where we can unleash their potential." In welcoming Diageo to the Norwalk business community, Alex Knopp, Mayor of Norwalk, said, "Today, we officially welcome Diageo to Norwalk and look forward to creating a relationship that will enable this company and community to flourish." Today's event at Norwalk City Hall showcased Diageo's industry leading social responsibility initiatives as both the Crown Royal International Race of Champions (IROC) car and the Captain Morgan Hummer were parked in front of City Hall. Both cars contain "drink responsibly" messages that thousands of race fans and consumers see at high profile events. In addition, Diageo has contributed over $100 million dollars promoting social responsibility including helping to fund The Century Council, a not- for-profit organization dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking. Diageo, furthermore, has the strictest marketing code in the industry and only advertises on TV shows and in magazines where 70% or more of the audience is above legal drinking age. Said Menezes, "From our corporate headquarters to our offices and facilities across the country, Diageo's employees believe that in order to celebrate life, every day, everywhere, we must celebrate it responsibly." Diageo's new state-of-the-art corporate headquarters will be located at the Towers at Merritt River, 801 Main Avenue. The new glass-enclosed seven-story facility, situated on the northeast corner of the Merritt Parkway and Route 7, will offer more than 270,000 square feet of office space and covered parking for all employees. The building will include many amenities to enhance the employees' work experience including a fitness center, cafeteria, ATM and train shuttle. "Our new headquarters will provide a motivational, high performance workplace that will better accommodate the needs of our dynamic organization," Menezes added. Said Menezes, "I would like to thank Carl and Paul Kuehner of Building & Land Technologies, O & G Industries, Inc., CPG Architects and Turner Construction Company for all their work in getting us to Norwalk. Carl and his team are developing a truly world class, state-of-the-art workplace environment for our people and we are all looking forward to moving into this awesome building. Carl and Paul, thank you." The new building was recently topped-out and is scheduled to be completed in early 2005. Besides its new corporate headquarters in Norwalk, Diageo enjoys a strong presence across North America with facilities and offices in Chicago, Dallas, Plainfield, Napa Valley, New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Toronto and the Lehigh Valley. About Diageo Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wine and beer categories. These brands include: Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Jose Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, and Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines. Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 200 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE).
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