Management Board

Our leadership team

BAT’s Management Board, chaired by our Chief Executive, is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Group’s strategy and policies set by the Board, and for creating the framework for the day-to-day operation of the Group’s operating subsidiaries.

Jack Bowles

Jack Bowles

Chief Executive

Jack became Chief Executive on 1 April 2019. He joined the Group in 2004 and became Chairman of BAT France in 2005. Jack joined the Management Board as Regional Director for Western Europe in 2009.

Ben Stevens

Ben Stevens

Finance Director

Ben became Finance Director in 2008, having joined BAT’s Management Board as Development Director in 2001. He will retire from the Board on 5 August 2019.

Jerome Abelman

Jerome Abelman

Director, Legal and External Affairs and General Counsel

Jerome was appointed Director, Legal and External Affairs and General Counsel in May 2015, having joined the Management Board as Group Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Director in January 2015.

Marina Bellini

Marina Bellini

Director, Digital and Information

Marina became Director, Digital and Information, a new role on the Management Board, on 1 January 2019.

Luciano Comin

Luciano Comin

Regional Director, Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa

Luciano joined the Management Board as Regional Director, Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa (AmSSA) on 1 January 2019. He was previously Regional Head of Marketing for AmSSA.

Alan Davy

Alan Davy

Director, Operations

Alan joined the Management Board as Group Operations Director in March 2013, having previously been Group Head of Supply Chain. He joined BAT in 1988.

Hae In Kim

Hae In Kim

Director, Talent and Culture

Hae In joined the Management Board as Director, Talent and Culture Designate on 1 January 2019. She became Director, Talent and Culture on 1 April 2019. Hae In joined BAT in 2008.

Paul Lageweg

Paul Lageweg

Director, New Categories

Paul became Director, New Categories, a new role on the Management Board, on 1 January 2019. He was most recently Regional Marketing Manager, Asia-Pacific and Middle East.

Tadeu Marroco

Tadeu Marroco

Director, Group Transformation and Deputy Finance Director

Tadeu was appointed Director, Group Transformation on 1 January 2019. He is also Deputy Finance Director and will become Finance Director on 5 August 2019.

Guy Meldrum

Guy Meldrum

Regional Director, Asia-Pacific and Middle East

Guy joined the Management Board as Regional Director, Asia-Pacific and Middle East on 1 January 2019. He was previously Area Director, Australasia, having joined BAT in 1992.

Dr. David O’Reilly

Dr. David O’Reilly

Director, Scientific Research

David was appointed Director, Scientific Research on 1 January 2019, having joined the Management Board as Group Scientific Director in 2012.

Ricardo Oberlander

Ricardo Oberlander

President and CEO, Reynolds American Inc.

Ricardo was appointed President and CEO of Reynolds American Inc. on 1 January 2018, having joined the Management Board as Regional Director for the Americas in 2013.

Johan Vandermeulen

Johan Vandermeulen

Regional Director, Europe and North Africa

Johan was appointed Regional Director, Europe and North Africa on 1 January 2019. He joined the Management Board in 2014 and has held a range of roles within BAT.

Kingsley Wheaton

Kingsley Wheaton

Chief Marketing Officer

Kingsley was appointed Chief Marketing Officer on 1 January 2019. He joined the Management Board in 2012 and has held various roles since then.

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