News Release30 August 2022
BAT appoints Chief Sustainability Officer
- Current Group Head of Investor Relations, Mike Nightingale, announced as BAT’s new Chief Sustainability Officer
- Creation of new senior leadership position further strengthens the company’s focus on Sustainability and ESG
- New role underpins BAT’s A Better Tomorrow purpose and sustainable, high growth ambitions
- Current Chief Marketing Officer, Kingsley Wheaton, to become Chief Growth Officer
- Current Senior Investor Relations Manager, Victoria Buxton, promoted to Group Head of Investor Relations
BAT announces today that it has appointed Mike Nightingale as its first Chief Sustainability Officer to lead its sustainability and ESG agenda.
Mike has been the Group Head of Investor Relations for the past 10 years. Prior to that, Mike held senior leadership positions in sustainability, regulation and marketing.
Additionally, to reflect BAT’s corporate intent and the increasing strategic importance of both ESG and sustainability for the Group, the role of Kingsley Wheaton as Chief Marketing Officer with responsibility for Corporate Affairs, will be redesignated as Chief Growth Officer.
Beyond overseeing the marketing efforts to drive value from combustibles while ensuring a step-change in New Categories performance, Kingsley has also led the initiatives to place ESG front and centre of the Group’s strategy.
Mike will report to Kingsley in his new role as Chief Sustainability Officer with effect from 1st September 2022.
Victoria Buxton, Senior Investor Relations Manager, will be promoted to the role of Group Head of Investor Relations and will report to the Finance and Transformation Director, Tadeu Marroco, also with effect from 1st September.
Commenting on the appointments, Jack Bowles, Chief Executive, said:
“I am delighted that Mike has been appointed as our first Chief Sustainability Officer.
“Sustainability and ESG have evolved substantially over recent years, and at pace. It’s clear that the regulatory requirements of ESG – notably in reporting – have grown tremendously. BAT has always been a sustainability pioneer – we published our first, industry-leading Sustainability Report in 2001 - and I am absolutely committed to that remaining the case.
“Mike will lead us into a new era of sustainability ‘thought leadership’. With his extensive experience of the business, most recently as Group Head of Investor Relations, he is uniquely suited to this challenge.
“Likewise, Victoria has an excellent track record, both as a consumer sector equity analyst and, more recently, as a senior member of Mike’s team. Her promotion is testament to her energy, commitment and drive.
“I wish Mike and Victoria much success in their new roles.”
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