Ben Stevens joined the Board of British American Tobacco p.l.c. in March 2008 and was appointed to the role of Finance Director in April 2008.
Ben has broad international experience spanning both senior finance and general management roles. He joined British American Tobacco in 1990 as Regional Finance Controller with responsibilities for Europe, East Africa and South Asia and in 1994 moved to Switzerland where he worked in a variety of marketing roles.
In 1995 Ben became Chairman and Managing Director of the Pakistan Tobacco Company before being appointed Chairman and Managing Director of British American Tobacco Russia in 1997.
In 1998 he returned to the UK as Head of Corporate Affairs for the newly listed British American Tobacco p.l.c. and in the following year was appointed Head of Merger Integration following the merger with Rothmans.
He was appointed to the Management Board as Development Director in April 2001 where his responsibilities included corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and IT. He then became Director of British American Tobacco’s Europe region in 2004.
Ben was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of ISS A/S on 5 April 2016.
Ben, a graduate of Manchester University and the Manchester Business School, is married with two children.
On 28 February 2019, BAT announced that after 30 years with the company and 11 years as Finance Director, Ben will step down as Finance Director and retire from the Board on 5 August 2019. Ben will be succeeded by Tadeu Marroco, currently Director, Group Transformation, who, in addition to his current role, will be appointed as Deputy Finance Director from 1 March 2019 before joining the Board as Finance Director on 5 August 2019.