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This is a list of the management, board of directors, previous staff and other key personnel associated with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World


  • Derek Yach leads the Foundation and is the former Head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Tobacco Free Initiative. He was also Senior Vice President of Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo.[1]
  • Tom Harding is the Foundation's Chief Operating Officer (previously listed as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer).[1][2]
  • Brian Erkkila is the Foundation's Vice President for Health, Science and Technology. Prior to that he spent seven years at the US Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products.[3]
  • Ehsan Latif has been the Foundation's Program Director Health and Smoking Control since November 2017.[1] Latif formerly worked for the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.[4]
  • Heather Majewski has been the Foundation's Vice President of Global Initiatives (formally ‘Global Services’) since February 2018.[1]
  • Jim Lutzweiler is Vice President of Agriculture and Livelihoods at the Foundation, and former Senior Director of Global Public Policy at PepsiCo.[1]
  • David Janazzo is Vice President of Industry Transformation and Finance.[2]

Board of Directors

  • Dyborn Chibonga is Regional Head for Malawi and Mozambique at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Chibonga was also on the Board of Directors of the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) from 2010.[5]
  • Martin Skancke is the founder and General Manager of Consulting, having previously worked for the Norwegian Ministry of Finance and consultancy firm McKinsey.[6]
  • Zoe Feldman is the Managing Director at Almanac Investments, who previously worked for PepsiCo for eight years.[1]
  • Pamela Parizek, the Vice Chair of the Foundation’s board is the Managing Director at The Claro Group consultancy. Parizek has previously worked for KPMG, and Kroll Inc, a corporate investigations and risk consultancy firm.[7]
  • Paul Gardiner is the former Chairman of advertising firm Grey Group Australia and New Zealand, a WPP company. Since 2012 he runs his own business consulting company, specialising in “branding and marketing communications as well as greenfield start-ups in Australia and overseas”.[1][8]
  • Corinne Lathan is the founder and CEO of AnthroTronix Inc, an engineering research and development company that develops products “in digital health, wearable technology, robotics, and augmented reality”. [1]
  • Darshita Gillies is also a Director at Blu Dot Advisory and Founder and CEO of Maanch, a platform which ‘matches donors and charities’ to work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.[9]
  • Noriko Tojo is Executive Director of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd., and President and Representative Director of Otsuka Medical Devices Co., Ltd.[10]

The appointed Board has no known direct tobacco industry links. One Director has links to consultancy firm McKinsey, which has worked with Philip Morris and British American Tobacco (BAT) in the past.[11][12][13] In an open letter, Yach stated that the appointed Board of Directors are “subject to stringent conflicts of interest policy. No Board member can have ties to tobacco companies. The Directors will receive reimbursement for their expenses and a modest honorarium for their service”.[14]

Previous Directors and Main Staff

  • Andrew MacLeod is co-founder of Brexit Advisory Services, Visiting Professor at King’s College London in War and Security Studies, and Chair of Griffin Law.[15] He was on the Board of Directors at the Foundation until February 2019[16]
  • Farhad Riahi was the Foundation’s Chief Health, Science and Technology Officer until 2019.[1] Prior to that he was a Partner at consultancy firm McKinsey.[17]
  • Michael Sagner, a physician and Chairman of the European Society of Preventive Medicine, was a member of the Foundation's Board until June 2018.[18][19]
  • Lisa Gable was also previously a member of the Foundation’s Board,[18] but was no longer listed as such in January 2019.[20] Gable is a former US ambassador and Chairman Emeritus of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), “a non-profit organization that aims to reduce obesity among children in the United States.”[1] The Board of Directors of the HWCF includes executives from Nestle, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and General Mills.[21]
  • Mica Wilson was Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Foundation.[1] Before this, Wilson was Director of Global health at PepsiCo.[22] Wilson was no longer listed on the Foundation’s pages as an employee in January 2019.[2]
  • Alastair Bradstock, previously Director of the International Tobacco Control Programme at Cancer Research UK, [23] was working in the Health and Agriculture Team of the Foundation. Bradstock was no longer listed on the Foundation’s pages as an employee in January 2019. [2]

Other Key Staff

Other key staff include those who have previously worked for PepsiCo alongside others who have worked for the WHO and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For example, Brian Erkkila, the Foundation's Director of Regulatory Science, joined the Foundation after seven years at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products.[24]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, Foundation leadership, 2018, accessed January 2019
  3. Foundation website, Our Team, underdated, accessed June 2019
  4. LinkedIn, Ehsan Latif, accessed November 2017
  5. African Institute of Corporate Citizenship, Board Members. Board Director: Dyborn Chibonga, 2016, accessed May 2018
  6. Skancke Consulting, Experience: Martin Skancke, accessed May 2018
  7. LinkedIn, Pamela Parizek, accessed May 2018
  8. R. Hicks, Former Grey boss Paul Gardner launches ‘quintessentially Melbourne’ consultancy, Mumbrella, 5 April 2013, accessed September 2018
  9. LinkedIn, Darshita Gillies, accessed January 2019
  10. LinkedIn, Noriko Tojo, accessed January 2019
  11. T. Beane, Final McKinsey Task Force Meeting, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, 26 October 1988, Bates no: 2041161013-2041161014, accessed October 2017
  12. B. O’Brien, McKinsey Report, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, 26 June 1987, Bates no: 2024667395-2024667396, accessed October 2017
  13. N. Davis, Letter from N Davis to KL Chugh regarding interim report from McKinsey, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, 15 November 1994, Bates no: 500030225-500030226, accessed October 2017
  14. D. Yach, An open letter on the Foundation’s independence and governance, Foundation for a Smoke-Free World Blog, 11 January 2018, accessed February 2018
  15. Better Debate, About Andrew, Andrew Macleod blog, undated, accessed June 2019
  16. LinkedIn, Andrew McLeod, accessed May 2018
  17. LinkedIn, Farhad Riahi, accessed May 2018
  18. 18.0 18.1 Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, Board of Directors, FSFW website, archived on 14 June 2018
  19. Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, Minutes of a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors June 21, 2018, FSFW website, accessed September 2018
  20. Foundation for a Smoke-Free World,Board of Directors, FSFW website, accessed January 2019
  21. Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, About, accessed March 2018
  22. LinkedIn, Mica Wilson, accessed May 2018
  23. LinkedIn, Alastair Bradstock, accessed May 2018
  24. Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, Staff, undated, accessed June 2018