Nicandro Durante became our Chief Executive in March 2011.
Nicandro has extensive leadership skills developed in various senior international roles in the Group. He originally joined the Board of British American Tobacco p.l.c. as Chief Operating Officer in January 2008 after almost two years in the role of Regional Director for Africa & Middle East. Nicandro was appointed Chief Executive Designate in September 2010.
On 19 September 2018, BAT announced that after nearly 37 years with the company and eight years as CEO, Nicandro had informed the Board of his intention to retire on 1 April 2019.
Nicandro, who is Brazilian / Italian, holds degrees in finance, economics and business administration.
He joined British American Tobacco’s Brazilian subsidiary Souza Cruz in 1981, after three years working in finance in two Brazilian companies and built a successful finance career. In 1995 he was seconded to the UK head office.
In 1997 Nicandro was appointed Finance Director in Hong Kong before returning to Brazil in 2000 as Finance Director for Souza Cruz. In April 2002 he was appointed President of Souza Cruz.
Nicandro was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc in December 2013.