BAT director Christine Morin-Postel to retire
Ms. Morin-Postel was appointed to the Board of British American Tobacco p.l.c. as a Non-Executive Director in October 2007. She was Senior Independent Director from April 2013 until October 2016.
Ms. Morin-Postel is a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees. Christine will be retiring as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 6 December 2016.
Ms. Morin-Postel has extensive international board experience.
She joined Suez in 1979 and held a number of executive management positions within that group, including Chief Executive of Société Générale de Belgique, Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee of Suez and Chairman and CEO of Crédisuez S.A. before her retirement in 2003.
Ms. Morin-Postel is currently a Non-Executive Director at Groupe Bruxelles Lambert S.A. and Hightech Payment Systems S.A. and a member of the Investment Committee at Capmezzanine 2 private equity fund.
Kieran Poynter will take over Ms. Morin-Postel's role as Senior Independent Director.
Mr. Poynter became a Non-Executive Director of British American Tobacco p.l.c. in July 2010. He became Senior Independent Director in October 2016. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee.
A chartered accountant, he retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2008 after 37 years with the firm, the last eight as Chairman and Senior Partner.
Mr. Poynter joined Price Waterhouse as a graduate trainee in 1971 and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1974. Among his achievements was leading the successful integration of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand following their merger in 1998.
Mr. Poynter is currently a Non-Executive Director at International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. and Chairman of F&C Asset Management plc and he is a former Chairman of Nomura International plc.
Mr. Poynter has also served on the President’s Committee of the Confederation of British Industry and as a member of an advisory committee for the Chancellor of the Exchequer.