BAT appoints Richard Burrows as chairman
Former president of Ibec, chief executive of Irish Distillers and co-chief executive of Pernod Ricard SA, Burrows becomes BAT chairman on 1 November
14 September 2009
Richard Burrows has been appointed non-executive director at British American Tobacco (BAT) from 1 September 2009.
He will become chairman on 1 November, when Jan du Plessis steps down in the light of his own appointment as chairman of Rio Tinto plc from 20 April 2009.
Burrows was formerly chief executive of Irish Distillers, from 1978 to 2000, and was co-chief executive of Pernod Ricard SA, from 2000 to 2005, when he was based in Paris.
His current non-executive roles include Rentokil Initial plc and Carlsberg A/S, while he was Governor of the Bank of Ireland from 2005 until July 2009.
He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission which fosters closer co-operation among democratic industrialised nations.
Burrows served as president of IBEC from 1998 to 2000, as chairman of the National Development Corporation from 1984 to 1988, and as chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association from 2006 to 2007.