Franz Humer

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Franz Humer
Born Franz Bernhard Humer
(1946-07-01) 1 July 1946 (age 70)
Nationality Swiss-Austrian
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1967–present
Title Chairman of Roche and Diageo plc
Term 2008–2017
Predecessor James Blyth
Successor Javier Ferrán
Board member of Roche, 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 is 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". 
  7. ^ "Schutz, Hilfe, Prävention: Eine Stimme für missbrauchte Kinder". Neue Zürcher Zeitung. 6 January 2014.