News Release

BAT announces Board and Management Board changes

26 October 2016

Senior Independent Director

As previously announced on 28 July 2016, Christine Morin-Postel is retiring as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 6 December 2016 having served on the Board since 2007 and as Senior Independent Director since 2013.

We are pleased to announce today that Kieran Poynter will take over Christine’s role as Senior Independent Director with immediate effect. Kieran joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in 2010, is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee and has extensive experience as a director of other publicly listed companies.

Company Secretary

The Board is also pleased to announce the appointment of Paul McCrory as Company Secretary Designate with effect from 1 February 2017 and as Company Secretary with effect from 1 May 2017. He will take over from Nicola Snook who is retiring from the Company and from the role as Company Secretary, having held that position for ten years. As part of the handover process, Nicola will remain with the Group until July 2017.

Management Board changes

We are also pleased to announce the following Management Board changes:

Tadeu Marroco, currently Director Business Development, will be appointed as Regional Director Western Europe, with effect from 1 December 2016. Tadeu has been with the company for over 24 years and has been a member of the Management Board since 2014.

Naresh Sethi, currently Regional Director Western Europe, will be appointed to the role of Director Business Development with effect from 1 December 2016. Naresh has been with the company for over 27 years and has been a member of the Management Board since 2012. From 1 December 2016, this role, which has responsibility for Group Strategy and Planning and Information Technology, will also be responsible for Global Business Services and the Enterprise Operating Model Transformation. From that date the Mergers and Acquisitions Department will move from that role to report directly to the Finance Director, Ben Stevens.


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