Dr. Gerard Murphy, Non-Executive Director, British American Tobacco

Dr. Gerard Murphy has been a Non-Executive Director of British American Tobacco p.l.c. since March 2009. He is a member of the Audit and the Nominations Committees.

Gerry, an Irish national living in the UK, is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Blackstone Group International Partners LLP and Chairman of Ideal Shopping Direct. He is also a Supervisory Board member of Jack Wolfskin and Intertrust N.V. Gerry was appointed as Chair of the association Invest Europe in June 2016.

Gerry brings wide-ranging senior board level and general management experience to the Board. He was previously Chief Executive at Kingfisher plc, Carlton Communications plc, Exel plc (formerly NFC plc) and Greencore Group plc. His earlier career included various management roles at Grand Metropolitan plc (now Diageo plc) in Ireland, the UK and the US.

His previous non-executive appointments have included Merlin Entertainments plc, Reckitt Benckiser plc, Abbey National plc, Novar plc and PJ Carroll plc, which is now British American Tobacco’s subsidiary in the Republic of Ireland.

Commenting on his appointment, Gerry said: “I have learned over the years that really great and enduring companies do most things well and in a balanced way. I have been very impressed with the way that British American Tobacco combines an extremely competitive focus on serving its consumers and shareholders with a profound sense of responsibility to its own people and the communities in which it operates and for its long-term impact on society generally.  Helping to maintain that balance is something really worthwhile and exciting in this world-class business.”

Gerry is married and enjoys the theatre, reading history, watching football (Liverpool) and rugby (Ireland), running, hiking with his wife and scuba-diving with his two sons.


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