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Management Board

Our leadership team

The Management Board, chaired by the Chief Executive, is made up of the Finance Director along with the executives below.

The Management Board is responsible for overseeing the implementation by the Group's operating subsidiaries of the policies and strategy set by the Board of Directors, and for creating the conditions for their successful day-to-day operation.

Jerome Abelman

JEROME ABELMAN

DIRECTOR, LEGAL & EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND GENERAL COUNSEL

Jerry was appointed Director, Legal and External Affairs and General Counsel in May 2015, having joined the Management Board as Group Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Director in January 2015. He has been with the Group for 13 years and has held a number of roles in Legal. Jerry was Regional General Counsel, Asia-Pacific from 2010 to 2014, before becoming Assistant General Counsel – Corporate & Commercial. Jerry joined the Board of the Group’s associate company, Reynolds American Inc., on 4 February 2016.

Jack Bowles

JACK BOWLES

REGIONAL DIRECTOR,ASIA PACIFIC

Jack became Regional Director for Asia-Pacific in January 2013. Joining the Group in 2004, Jack was Chairman of British American Tobacco France in 2005 before taking up the role of Managing Director of British American Tobacco Malaysia in 2007. He joined the Management Board as Regional Director for Western Europe in October 2009 before becoming Regional Director for the Americas in October 2011.

Alan Davy

ALAN DAVY

DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS

Alan was appointed to the Management Board as Group Operations Director in March 2013. He joined the group in 1988 and has held various roles in manufacturing, supply chain and general management. Alan previously held the position of Group Head of Supply Chain.

Giovanni Giordano

GIOVANNI GIORDANO

DIRECTOR, GROUP HUMAN RESOURCES

Giovanni joined the Management Board of British American Tobacco in June 2011. He is an international human resources executive with wide experience from senior roles at Procter & Gamble and Ferrero, where he was Chief Corporate Officer.

Andrew Gray

ANDREW GRAY

DIRECTOR, MARKETING

Andrew was appointed Marketing Director in September 2014. He joined the Management Board as Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East in January 2008 before being appointed Regional Director for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA) in January 2011. Joining Souza Cruz as an intern in 1986, he went on to hold a number of senior management positions in South America and the Caribbean (including President of Souza Cruz) and also in Malaysia.

Tadeu Marroco

TADEU MARROCO

REGIONAL DIRECTOR, WESTERN EUROPE

Tadeu became Regional Director for Western Europe in December 2016. He joined the Management Board in September 2014 as Business Development Director, leading Strategy and M&A while also having responsibility for IT and the roll-out of the Group’s revised operating model and single IT operating system. He joined British American Tobacco in Brazil over 24 years ago and his other previous roles include Regional Finance Controller, EEMEA and Group Finance Controller.

Dr. David O’Reilly

DR. DAVID O’REILLY

GROUP SCIENTIFIC AND R&D DIRECTOR

David was appointed Group Scientific Director, a new position on the Management Board, in January 2012. David has been with British American Tobacco for over 20 years and has held various positions in Group Research and Development. He has led the Group’s R&D efforts to develop reduced toxicant products and has also been Head of International Public Health & Scientific Affairs, responsible for engagement with the scientific, medical and public health communities.

Ricardo Oberlander

RICARDO OBERLANDER

REGIONAL DIRECTOR, AMERICAS

Ricardo joined the Management Board as Regional Director for the Americas in January 2013. Ricardo joined Souza Cruz in May 1989 and has held various roles including Marketing Director of our Malaysian business, Regional Marketing Manager for the Americas, General Manager in France and Global Consumer Director. Ricardo joined the Board of the Group’s associate company, Reynolds American Inc., in December 2014 and was appointed to the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council Latin America Advisory Board on 3 February 2016.

Naresh Sethi

NARESH SETHI

DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Naresh became our Director, Business Development in December 2016 with responsibility for Group Strategy and Planning, IT, Global Business Services and Enterprise Operating Model Transformation. He has been with the company for more than 27 years and held various Marketing roles in India, Indonesia, West Africa and Australasia before moving to Japan where he was Marketing Director and then General Manager. Naresh joined the Management Board in 2012 as Director, Group Business Development and was appointed Regional Director, Western Europe in January 2013.

Johan Vandermeulen

JOHAN VANDERMEULEN

REGIONAL DIRECTOR, EASTERN EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Johan joined the Management Board as Regional Director for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA) in September 2014. Johan has been with British American Tobacco for more than 20 years and his previous roles include General Manager in Russia, General Manager in Turkey and Global Brand Director for Kent.

Kingsley Wheaton

KINGSLEY WHEATON

MANAGING DIRECTOR, NEXT GENERATION PRODUCTS

Kingsley was appointed Managing Director, Next Generation Products in January 2015. He joined the Group in 1996 and has held a number of roles in Marketing. He was Marketing Director in Nigeria and Russia, before becoming General Manager in Russia. He was then the Global Brand Director responsible for the Kent and Vogue brands, before taking his place on the Management Board in January 2012 as Deputy Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Director. In June 2012 he was appointed Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs.

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