Richard Burrows


Richard Burrows joined the Board of British American Tobacco p.l.c. as a Non-Executive Director in September 2009 and became Chairman in November 2009. He is also Chairman of the Nominations Committee.

Richard brings considerable consumer goods and international business experience to the Board. His executive career has been with Irish Distillers, where he was Chief Executive from 1978 – 2000, and at Pernod Ricard, where he was Co-Chief Executive from 2000 – 2005, based in Paris. Prior to joining the Board, Richard was Governor of the Bank of Ireland.

He is currently Senior Independent Director of Rentokil Initial plc and a Supervisory Board Member of Carlsberg A/S.

He served as President of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation from 1998 – 2000, as Chairman of the National Development Corporation from 1984 – 1988, Chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association from 2006 – 2007 and Chairman of Craven House Capital plc from 2016 – October 2018.

Richard, from Dublin, has four children.  He is a keen rugby fan although his main passion is sailing.