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Lion announces new CEO

Sam Fischer

Lion has announced the appointment of Sam Fischer as CEO of the Lion Group.

Fischer joins Lion from Diageo, where he is President Asia Pacific and Global Travel, and a member of the Global Diageo Executive Committee.

Prior to Diageo, he spent 15 years with Colgate-Palmolive, starting in Australia and moving on to hold senior commercial roles working across several markets in Europe and Asia.

He is also currently a Non-Executive Director with the Burberry Group.

Lion Chairman Sir Rod Eddington said the company is thrilled to welcome Fischer home to Australia and to Lion.

“Sam brings 30 years of global leadership experience, deep expertise in alcohol beverages and FMCG businesses and a strong track record in driving business growth,” he said.

“Sam joins Lion at a pivotal time, as our industry continues to navigate the impacts of the pandemic and Lion delivers a new mid-term plan to return to sustainable growth.

“His drive for performance and proven ability to lead with purpose and conviction will be invaluable as Lion enters this next chapter.”

Fischer joins Lion in July 2022, when current CEO Stuart Irvine will step down after nine years in the role.

“I’d like to thank Stuart again for his continued leadership and his commitment to ensuring a smooth mid-year transition,” said Eddington.

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