Mark Sandys obtained an MA in English and French from Balliol College, Oxford University in 1996. He is a highly experienced Senior Marketing Executive with over two decades' experience. He has worked for Diageo for over 19 years in different capacities, including as Global Marketing Strategy & Innovation Director Baileys, Marketing & Innovation Director, Diageo Russia & Eastern Europe (based in Moscow); and Category Director, Whisky & Reserve, Asia Pacific.
He is currently the Global Head of Beer, Baileys & Smirnoff for Diageo. He was appointed to the board as a non-executive director with effect from 30 August 2017. He lives in Ireland.