Imperial Tobacco Group announces Senior Management appointments

16 May, 2003

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC is pleased to announce a number of senior management appointments effective from 1 June 2003.

The PLC Board will be augmented by the appointment of two Executive Directors: David Cresswell, (58), Manufacturing Director and Frank Rogerson, (50), Corporate Affairs Director.

Imperial Tobacco’s Chief Executive’s Committee, which is chaired by Gareth Davis, is also being expanded.

Joining Gareth Davis (53), Robert Dyrbus (50), Finance Director, Manfred Häussler (57), Sales & Marketing Director and Richard Hannaford (56), Company Secretary on the Chief Executive’s Committee are:

Kathryn Brown (48)Group Human Resources Director
Alison Cooper (37)Group Financial Controller
David Cresswell (58)Manufacturing Director
Bruce Davidson (46)Managing Director – International
Frank Rogerson (50)Corporate Affairs Director

Commenting on these appointments, Imperial Tobacco’s Chairman, Derek Bonham said:

"Imperial Tobacco’s organic growth and record of successfully integrated acquisitions have transformed the scale and geographic reach of the Group. The appointment of Frank Rogerson to the PLC Board reflects the commercial importance of the regulatory environment in which we operate, while that of David Cresswell reflects the importance of our worldwide manufacturing and supply chain network and the opportunities that lie ahead.

The enlargement of the Chief Executive’s Committee is both a logical and necessary step as Imperial Tobacco becomes larger and more complex. It will assist in the process of succession planning within our enlarged pool of management talent and will provide strong support to Gareth Davis and Bob Dyrbus, both of whom are committed to work on the continued development of the Group until their normal retirement age.”

Biographical Details

Kathryn Brown, Group Human Resources Director, joined Imperial Tobacco in August 2002 and is an experienced H.R. professional having previously served on the Board of Somerfield.

Alison Cooper (FCA), Group Financial Controller with additional responsibilities for Tax, Investor Relations and Corporate Planning, joined Imperial Tobacco in 1999 from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

David Cresswell, Manufacturing Director, recently completed 40 years service with Imperial Tobacco. An electrical engineer by background he has undertaken a number of senior roles and was a previous Managing Director of each of Imperial Tobacco’s major operating divisions namely Cigarette, Papers and Smoking Tobacco Divisions’.

Bruce Davidson, Managing Director – International covering Asia, Africa and Middle East and Rest of Western Europe (excluding UK & Germany) has been with Imperial Tobacco for 5 years and was Managing Director of Imperial Tobacco’s International Division prior to the acquisition of Reemtsma. Before joining Imperial Tobacco he was CEO of Timberland (Asia) and also worked for BAT in a number of international roles.

Frank Rogerson, Corporate Affairs Director, has been with Imperial Tobacco for 25 years. He has held a number of senior general management positions including Managing Director of the Cigar Division, Managing Director of Van Nelle, and was Imperial Tobacco’s Business Development Director at the time of the Reemtsma acquisition.


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