Melissa Yorke, 31

On trade sales director, Diageo GB

by MT staff

After studying law at Cambridge, Yorke joined Asda’s graduate scheme and was promoted to a buyer within four months. Now with drinks giant Diageo, she’s not only the youngest on trade sales director (and the first female in this role), she’s also the youngest member of the executive leadership team. Tasked with defining and rolling out a new national selling model for independent pubs, Yorke heads up a team of 215 and looks after some of Britain’s most iconic brands, including Guinness and Smirnoff. 

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