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. Following the Company’s announcement of 15 October 2020, Richard will be stepping down as Chairman and will retire from the Board at the end of the Company’s 2021 AGM.
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 a Supervisory Board Member of Carlsberg A/S.
Richard previously served as Chairman of the National Development Corporation from 1984 - 1988, President of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation from 1998 - 2000, Chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association from 2006 - 2007, Chairman of Craven House Capital plc from 2016 - October 2018 and as Senior Independent Director of Rentokil Initial plc from 2008 - May 2019.
Richard, from Dublin, has four children. He is a keen rugby fan although his main passion is sailing.