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 AND 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 over 15 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 and Commercial. Jerry was a member of the Board of Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) from February 2016 until the acquisition of RAI in July 2017.

Jack Bowles

JACK BOWLES

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Jack became BAT’s Chief Operating Officer for the International Business in October 2017. 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. He was appointed Regional Director, Asia-Pacific in January 2013, a position he continued to hold until 1 January 2018 when a new regional structure came into effect.

On 25 September 2018, the Board of BAT announced that Jack will succeed Nicandro Durante as Chief Executive Officer of BAT following Nicandro’s retirement on 1 April 2019.

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

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Andrew was appointed Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) in October 2017 having previously been BAT’s Marketing Director. In August 2017, BAT announced that it was fully integrating its Next Generation Products (NGP) business into the Group’s core operations. The expanded CMO role combines Marketing and R&D (including innovation and product development) across all categories – combustible cigarettes and NGP. Andrew 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 and then Marketing Director in September 2014. Joining Souza Cruz in Brazil 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.

On 10 October 2018, the Group announced that Andrew will step down from the Management Board at the end of December 2018 and will leave the Group on 31 March 2019. Andrew will be succeeded as CMO by Kingsley Wheaton, currently Regional Director, Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa, who will commence his new role on 1 January 2019.

Tadeu Marroco

TADEU MARROCO

REGIONAL DIRECTOR, EUROPE AND NORTH AFRICA

Tadeu was appointed Regional Director, Europe and North Africa in January 2018. He joined the Management Board as Director, Business Development, in September 2014 and was appointed Regional Director, Western Europe in December 2016, a position he held until 1 January 2018 when a new regional structure came into effect and Tadeu took up his current role. He joined British American Tobacco in Brazil over 20 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 in January 2012. He 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 and Scientific Affairs, responsible for engagement with the scientific, medical and public health communities.

Ricardo Oberlander

RICARDO OBERLANDER

PRESIDENT AND CEO, REYNOLDS AMERICAN INC.

Ricardo became President and CEO of Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) in January 2018. He was appointed to 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 was a member of the Board of RAI from December 2014 until the acquisition of RAI in July 2017. He is a member of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council North America Advisory Board.

Naresh Sethi

NARESH SETHI

DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Naresh was appointed 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 British American Tobacco for more than 20 years and held Marketing roles in India, Indonesia, West Africa and Australasia before moving to Japan where he was Marketing Director and then General Manager. Naresh was also Group Head of Strategy and Planning before joining the Management Board in January 2012 as Director, Group Business Development and was appointed Regional Director, Western Europe in January 2013.

Johan Vandermeulen

JOHAN VANDERMEULEN

REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ASIA-PACIFIC AND MIDDLE EAST

Johan was appointed Regional Director, Asia-Pacific and Middle East in January 2018. He joined the Management Board as Regional Director for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa in September 2014, a position he held until 1 January 2018 when a new regional structure came into effect and Johan took up his current role. He has been with British American Tobacco for more than 25 years and his previous roles include General Manager in Russia, General Manager in Turkey and Global Brand Director for the Kent brand.

Kingsley Wheaton

KINGSLEY WHEATON

REGIONAL DIRECTOR, AMERICAS AND SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Kingsley was appointed Regional Director, Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa in January 2018. 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 Global Brand Director responsible for the Kent and Vogue brands, before joining the Management Board in January 2012 as Deputy Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Director. In June 2012 he was appointed Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs. In January 2015, Kingsley became Managing Director, Next Generation Products (NGP), heading up this growing part of our business which is now integrated into our core operations so that we can leverage the scale and expertise of the whole Group to drive future growth in NGP.

On 10 October 2018, the Group announced that Kingsley will become Chief Marketing Officer from 1 January 2019. An announcement regarding Kingsley’s successor in Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa will be made in due course.

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