Operating Executive

The Operating Executive comprises the Executive Directors and key members of our senior management team.

The Operating Executive is responsible for supporting the Chief Executive with implementation of Group strategy, monitoring the detailed operational performance of all aspects of the business and ensuring the Group achieves its financial and non-financial targets.

Alison Cooper, Robert Dyrbus, Matthew Phillips and Helen Clatworthy,

Alison Cooper, BSC, ACA

Chief Executive

Skills and experience

Since being appointed as Chief Executive Alison has led the development and implementation of the Group’s sustainable sales growth strategy. Alison joined the Group in 1999 and, through a number of senior roles, has contributed significantly to the international expansion of the Group including leading the Altadis acquisition team.

Appointment

Appointed Director in July 2007. Appointed Chief Executive in May 2010.

External appointments

Non-Executive Director, Inchcape plc since July 2009.

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Presentations and interviews

Preliminary Results

04 November 2014

Transforming our US business

15 July 2014

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Oliver Tant, BSc, CA (Scotland)

Chief Financial Officer

Skills and experience

Oliver held a number of senior positions in a 32 year career at KPMG, including Global Managing Director Financial Advisory and Private Equity Division and Head of UK Audit. He was also a member of both the UK and German boards of KPMG. He brings to Imperial a good deal of international experience in change management, organisational restructuring, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Appointment

Appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2013 and became Chief Financial Officer in November 2013.

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Preliminary Results

04 November 2014

Barclays Back to School Conference

03 September 2014

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Matthew Phillips, LLB

Corporate Affairs Director

Skills and experience

Matthew has held a number of senior roles including General Counsel and Group Corporate and Legal Affairs Director prior to his appointment to the Board as Corporate Affairs Director in June 2012. He played a key role in the acquisitions of Altadis and Reemtsma and has been closely involved in developing and supporting the Group's sales growth strategy.

Appointment

Appointed Corporate Affairs Director, June 2012.

External appointments

No external Director appointments.

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Presentations and interviews

Investor Day presentations

12 July 2011

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Helen Clatworthy

Business Transformation Director

Appointment

Appointed Business Transformation Director in July 2014.

Skills and experience

Helen joined the Operating Executive in October 2010 following her appointment as Group Supply Chain Director in 2009. She has held a number of senior positions in the Group and headed the team responsible for the integration of the Altadis business into Imperial Tobacco. Helen is jointly leading integration planning activities for our enlarged US business and has overall responsibility for Global Procurement, Group IS and our strategic cost optimisation programme.

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Peter Corijn

Group Marketing Director

Appointment

Appointed Group Marketing Director in August 2013.

Skills and experience

Peter is responsible for leading our international marketing and brand development strategies. Prior to joining Imperial he held a number of senior marketing positions covering a wide range of brands over a 25-year career at Procter & Gamble. His extensive experience has been accumulated from working with brands and consumers in both mature and emerging markets, including in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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Fernando Dominguez, Andy Newall, Walter Prinz and Arthur van Benthem

Fernando Domínguez

Premium Cigar Director

Appointment

Appointed Chief Operating Officer Cigar Business Unit in June 2008 and subsequently as Premium Cigar Director in January 2011.

Skills and experience

Fernando is responsible for the Group's Premium Cigar business and has an industrial engineering background. He joined Tabacalera in 1985 and held numerous senior positions, mainly in the cigar divisions, within both Tabacalera and subsequently the Altadis Group. He was Co-Chairman at CorporaciĆ³n Habanos, S.A. before his appointment as Chief Operating Officer of Altadis' Cigar Business Unit in 2005.

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Andy Newall

Group HR Director

Appointment

Appointed Group HR Director in October 2012

Skills and experience

Andy is responsible for human resources across the Group including leadership development and supporting our 35,000 employees worldwide to further build their skills and experiences. Prior to joining Imperial, he was Group HR Director for leading FMCG company United Biscuits. Andy has considerable international HR experience having held a number of senior roles with Beam Global Spirits & Wine and Allied Domecq, as well as British Steel and Laura Ashley.

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Walter Prinz

Group Manufacturing, Supply and Research & Development Director

Appointment

Appointed Group Manufacturing, Research & Development Director in October 2010, taking on additional responsibility for Supply Chain in October 2014.

Skills and experience

Walter has overall responsibility for all manufacturing and supply chain operations, engineering, leaf purchasing and research and development activities. He joined Reemtsma in 1987 and has held a number of senior roles. Prior to his appointment to the Operating Executive, Walter was Director Product Development and Purchasing.

 

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Arthur van Benthem

Group Sales Director

Appointment

Appointed Group Sales Director in March 2011.

Skills and experience

Arthur leads the Group's global sales and commercial activities and has a wealth of international FMCG sales experience. Prior to joining Imperial he was Customer Management Director of the Metro Group, and spent three years with Royal FrieslandCampina as Chief Operating Officer for the Consumer Products Group and Chief Strategy Officer. He has also held a number of Managing Director roles with the Coca-Cola Company in the Asia-Pacific region.

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