BAT announces several executive changes


Jean-Marc Levy, the group’s marketing director, will be appointed as director of special projects, with effect from 1st September 2014, before officially leaving the company on 31 December 2014.

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“We will all miss Jean-Marc’s abundant energy, passion for the consumer, inspiring leadership and his unstinting commitment to the business,” said [DATA BTI:BAT] chief executive, Nicandro Durante.

“He leaves a very significant legacy. I would like to thank him for all that he has done for the organisation.”

The international tobacco group also announced that Levy would be replaced by Andrew Gray, currently regional director of Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA), and that he will commence his new role on 1 September 2014.

“Likewise, I am pleased about Andrew’s appointment as group marketing director, where he will bring his keen commercial acumen and significant group-wide experience to bear,” Durante said.

As a result of the changes, Gray will be succeeded by Johan Vandermeulen, currently general manager at the group’s Russia division, also with effect from 1st September 2014.

Tadeu Marroco, currently the head of strategy and planning as well as mergers and acquisitions, will join the management board as business development director on 1 September 2014.

He will also be assuming responsibility for Information Technology, which includes the roll-out of the TaO Programme.

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“I am delighted to welcome Johan and Tadeu to the management board. They will both enrich the team with their substantial business and leadership experience,” said Durante.