Andreas Vecchiet

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Andreas Vecchiet worked for British American Tobacco (BAT) from 1999 to 2010.1

Career in the Tobacco Industry

Vecchiet started working for BAT in 1999 and held several leadership positions in the company, including:1

  • Australasia Area Director Corporate and Regulatory Affairs (2006-2010)
  • Area Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, BAT Germany (2004-2006)
  • Integration Manager, BAT Italia (2003-2004)
  • Privatisation Manager, BAT Italia (2001-2003)
  • International Political Affairs Manager (1999-2001)

In his role as Privatisation Manager, Vecchiet oversaw BAT’s acquisition of the Italian tobacco monopoly.23

Worked with Priti Patel

During his time as BAT’s International Political Affairs Manager, Vecchiet worked closely with Priti Patel, who at the time was seconded to BAT from public relations consultancy Weber Shandwick.4
Patel became a Member of UK Parliament in 2010, and a UK government minister in 2016.
Among other things, Vecchiet and Patel worked together in 2000 on coordinating BAT’s response to the WHO negotiations to establish the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.56

Revolving Door

Vecchiet served as an Australian diplomat in Indonesia from 1993 to 1996, and an adviser to two Labour governments from 1990 to 1994.17

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  1. abcA. Vecchiet, LinkedIn Profile,, undated, accessed June 2017
  2. InReach Global Consulting, Who we are, 2017, accessed June 2017
  3. S. Mesure, BAT buys up Italian tobacco giant, The Independent, 16 July 2003, accessed June 2017
  4. Unknown, Operational Planning Meeting 27th September 2000: Agenda, 27 September 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Document, Bates no: 325046880-325046882, accessed June 2017
  5. A. Vecchiet, WHO-FCTC-Outcomes of First INB Session, 10 November 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Document, Bates no: 790005117, accessed June 2017
  6. A. Vecchiet, WHO: Outcomes of First FCTC Intergovernmental Negotiating Body, 10 November 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Document, Bates no: 790005118-790005139, accessed June 2017
  7. Sydney Morning Herald, A hard sell in a dark market, 24 April 2010, accessed June 2017