Ben Stevens

Finance Director

I joined BAT in 1990 as Regional Finance Controller with responsibilities for Europe, East Africa and South Asia. And since then I have been fortunate to have an international career that’s taken me to many parts of the BAT business across Marketing and Corporate Affairs through to Mergers and Acquisitions, IT and back to Finance in my current role. 

Transforming Tobacco

The acquisition of Reynolds American in 2017 is enabling BAT to become a truly global multi-category business as we deliver on our ambition to transform tobacco. That ambition has the potential to create benefits for consumers and society in terms of the potentially reduced-risk products we can offer. It’s great for employees too: everyone wants to work for a company that has a transformative and inspiring long-term vision.

I was appointed to the Management Board as Development Director in April 2001 and joined the Board of British American Tobacco p.l.c. in March 2008, becoming Finance Director the next month.

Two of my most formative roles were those of Chairman and Managing Director of both Pakistan Tobacco Company and BAT Russia. They were very different companies in different stages of their development and the roles gave me a broader view of the business, which remains beneficial to me today.

I’m passionate about getting great offerings out there for our consumers and the Finance function plays a key role in that. We are uniquely positioned to see right across the business and make sure that the majority of our investment goes into our products.

After 30 years with BAT, I will retire from the Board in August 2019. I have lived through many changes and I am proud to have been part of the team that has turned BAT into the dynamic and truly international multi-category company that it is today. I am particularly pleased that the Board has decided to appoint Tadeu Marroco as my successor and am confident that he will play a key role in delivering our ambition to transform our company and our industry.

Nationality: British

Career to date

  • 1990: Takes up first role with BAT as Regional Finance Controller for East Africa and South Asia
  • 1992: Becomes Regional Finance Controller for BAT’s Europe area
  • 1994: Moves to BAT Switzerland where he takes up a variety of roles in the Marketing function
  • 1995:  Becomes Chairman and Managing Director of Pakistan Tobacco Company
  • 1997: Takes up the role of Chairman and Managing Director with BAT Russia
  • 1998: Moves back to the UK to take up the role of Head of Corporate Affairs for BAT p.l.c.
  • 2000: Becomes Head of Merger Integration, overseeing the £7 billion integration between BAT and Rothmans
  • 2001: Joins BAT’s Management Board as Development Director, responsible for the Smoking Tobacco and Cigars division, Mergers and Acquisitions, IT, Corporate Strategy and e-business ventures
  • 2004: Becomes Regional Director for BAT’s Europe area
  • 2008: Takes a seat on the BAT Main Board before becoming Group Finance Director the following month

Other appointments

  • Member of the Board of Directors of ISS A/S

Education

  • BA (Hons), Economics, University of Manchester
  • MBA in Finance and Marketing, Manchester Business School

Personal interests

I’m married with two grown-up children. I enjoy taking part in physical sports like golf, sailing and tennis. It’s important to be active outside of work and be able take your mind off your job. I also love opera and going to the theatre.

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