Richard Burrows

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Richard Burrows was appointed Chairman of British American Tobacco (BAT) in November 2009.1

In April 2019, the media reported that BAT was seeking a new Chairman to succeed Burrows.2 In October 2020, BAT announced that Burrows would be stepping down after the 2021 AGM, to be replaced by Luc Jobin.34


Burrows began his career with Irish Distillers where he was Chief Executive from 1978 to 2000. He was Co-Chief Executive at Pernod Ricard in Paris, from 2000 – 2005.  Before joining the BAT Board, he was the Governor of the Bank of Ireland.1

Board Memberships

He also served on the Board of Craven House Capital PLC (up to October 2018), Rentokil Initial plc (up to May 2019) and Carlsberg A/S.15

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  2. J. Mulligan, BAT seeking new chairman to succeed Irish businessman Richard Burrows, Independent Ireland, 9 April 2019, accessed April 2019
  3. British American Tobacco, Richard Burrows, Chairman, website, undated, accessed November 2020
  4. British American Tobacco, Luc Jobin, Chairman, website, undated, accessed November 2020
  5. British American Tobacco, Transforming Tobacco, Annual Report and Form 20-F 2018, available at, accessed April 2019