Franz Humer

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Franz Humer
Franz Bernhard Humer

(1946-07-01) 1 July 1946 (age 73)
Years active1967–present
TitleChairman of Roche and Diageo plc
PredecessorJames Blyth
SuccessorJavier Ferrán
Board member ofRoche, Diageo, Citigroup, International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC; Chairman)

Franz Bernhard Humer (born 1 July 1946)[1] is a Swiss-Austrian businessman, the chairman of Diageo, and of Roche.

Business career[edit]

Humer was the chairman of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche[2] and chairman of Diageo plc, a British multinational alcoholic beverages company, the world's largest producer of spirits and a major producer of beer and wine.

Javier Ferrán will be the next chairman of Diageo, from 1 January 2017, when Humer retires.[3][4]

Humer was chairman of Reed Elsevier from July 2008 to September 2010, when he was succeeded by Anthony Habgood.[5]


Franz Humer, Chairman, (top row, second from end on far right) with the board of directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

Humer is chairman of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, a global nonprofit organization that combats child sexual exploitation, child pornography, and child abduction.[6][7] Humer is chairman at the INSEAD school of business.


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  2. ^ Franz Humer in: Roche, 13 August 2013
  3. ^ "Diageo appoints new chairman of the board, Javier Ferran, who will take over from Dr Franz Humer from 2017 | City A.M." Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Diageo Says Javier Ferran to Replace Chairman Franz Humer - Bloomberg". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Franz Humer profile". Forbes. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  6. ^ "ICMEC Board Members". Archived from the original on 3 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Schutz, Hilfe, Prävention: Eine Stimme für missbrauchte Kinder". Neue Zürcher Zeitung. 6 January 2014.