Corporate governance

We are committed to good corporate governance and achieving our business objectives in an honest, transparent and accountable way.

Our Statement of Business Principles and our Standards of Business Conduct underpin our commitment to high standards of corporate behaviour. Conducting our business with honesty, integrity and transparency is not only the right thing to do, but is also critical to the continuing development of a business that is responsible, successful and sustainable in the long term. The Standards require all staff to act with high standards of business integrity, to comply with all laws and regulations wherever our companies operate and to ensure that our business standards are never compromised for the sake of results.

Board of Directors

Anthony E Phillip

ANTHONY E PHILLIP

CHAIRMAN

Anthony E Phillip joined West Indian Tobacco in 1973 as a Manager in its Production Department and was appointed Production Manager/Director in 1984, after completing a period of secondment to British American Tobacco Kenya Limited. He was appointed Managing Director in 1998 and following his retirement in 2006, became Chairman in 2007. He was also Chairman and Managing Director of British American Tobacco (Malawi) Limited (1994-1998), and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies, Carib Brewery and Caribbean Development Company Limited.

Mr Phillip, who began his career as an Industrial Chemist at Caroni Limited, holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from The University of the West Indies.

Laurent Meffre

LAURENT MEFFRE

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Laurent Meffre was appointed Managing Director of West Indian Tobacco in April 2020. Mr. Meffre has over 23 years of experience within the British American Tobacco (BAT) Group where he held several senior positions in Companies across the continent of Africa. His last appointment was in Lagos, Nigeria as General Manager for 25 West African markets. Prior to his assignment to West Indian Tobacco, Mr. Meffre also held the position of Chairman of the Boards of Directors of BAT Ghana, BAT Cameron and BAT Benin. Mr. Meffre hold a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business Administration from Buckinghamshire College, England.

Ingrid L-A Lashley

INGRID L-A LASHLEY

DIRECTOR

Ingrid L-A Lashley was appointed a Director in August 2008 and the Chairman of the Audit Committee in March 2009. Having spent several years at the helm in banking and mortgage financing, Ms Lashley serves on the Board of Directors of state, publicly traded and private companies in various business sectors in Trinidad and Tobago. She also serves on the Disciplinary Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago. .

Ms Lashley is a graduate of McGill University, Montreal, Canada, with a Masters degree in Business Administration specialising in Accounting and Finance. She also carries the professional designations of Certified Management Accountant, Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Accountant.

Diana Hernandez Gonzalez

DIANA HERNANDEZ GONZALEZ

DIRECTOR

Diana Hernandez Gonzalez was appointed a Director in January 2020. Ms Hernandez has over 15 years of experience in the BAT Group, having worked in Mexico, Canada, Colombia, United Kingdom and Venezuela in the finance function. As of January 1st 2020, Ms Hernandez was appointed as the Head of Finance for BAT’s Group interest in the Caribbean and Northern Latin America, which includes Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Caribe and Central America. .

She holds a Degree in Finance Management from Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico.

Ranjit R Jeewan

RANJIT R JEEWAN

DIRECTOR

Ranjit Jeewan was appointed a Director in November 1986 and has been a member of the Board’s Audit Committee since 1990. Mr Jeewan has worked in the tobacco industry since 1968 and headed the Finance function of West Indian Tobacco for 16 years until his retirement in 2002. During this period, he was seconded on overseas assignments within the BAT Group to the United Kingdom and Singapore. Following his retirement Mr Jeewan held directorships in the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange and the Trinidad and Tobago Central Depository. He also held the Chairmanships in both of these companies.

Juan Carlos Restrepo Piedrahita

JUAN CARLOS RESTREPO PIEDRAHITA

DIRECTOR

Juan Carlos Restrepo Piedrahita was appointed a Director in November 2019. Mr Restrepo Piedrahita brings with him over 15 years of experience within the BAT group having worked in Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil in the Legal and External Affairs function. Mr Restrepo Piedrahita currently heads the Legal and External Affairs function for the BAT subsidiary in Colombia and is also responsible for the anti-illicit engagement efforts in the Caribbean and Northern Latin America. In a sabatic taken between 2010 and 2018 Mr Restrepo Piedrahita held various positions in the Colombian government such as Presidential Security Advisor, Head of the Anti-drugs agency, and Inspector General for the national intelligence agency in Colombia where he handled an array of high profile issues related to national security, public safety and cyber defense.

He holds a degree in Law from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota Colombia as well as Masters in International Contracting Regime from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota Colombia and a further Master’s in National Defense and Security from Escuela Superior de Guerra de Colombia in Bogota Colombia.

Isha P Reuben-Theodore

ISHA P REUBEN-THEODORE

DIRECTOR

Isha P Reuben-Theodore was appointed a Director in November 2014. Mrs Reuben-Theodore currently heads the Finance function at West Indian Tobacco and has over 17 years of experience in the tobacco industry both locally and within the BAT Group’s interest in the Caribbean. She is also the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Company’s Pension Plan. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants U.K. (FCCA), with over 20 years’ experience in various aspects of finance with emphasis on Financial Management and Financial Reporting, Accounting and Auditing.

She holds memberships in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute.

Arturo Rodriguez Lordmendez

ARTURO RODRIGUEZ LORDMENDEZ

DIRECTOR

Arturo Rodriguez Lordmendez was appointed a Director in February 2020. He brings with him over 25 years of experience within the BAT Group, having managed the Operations function in various clusters of in Africa covering more than 30 countries. He was also responsible for the Strategy & Planning area of the BAT Group, Operations, based in United Kingdom. He currently heads the Operations function for BAT Group’s interest in the Caribbean, Canada and Northern Latin America. .

He holds Masters’ degrees in Business Administration, another Master in Sciences Degree from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico de Victoria in Mexico.

Danielle F Chow

DANIELLE F CHOW

DIRECTOR

Danielle F Chow was appointed a Director in August 2020. She is an attorney at law and senior business executive, who has operated locally and within the wider Caribbean Region at a strategic level in various functional areas. Her experience in the private sector has extended over the last 30 years, largely in multinational institutions and for the last five years, as part of an local independent constitutionally created Commission She is also a director and Audit Committee member of a local publicly listed FMCG company. Mrs Chow worked in the tobacco industry for 20 years leading the legal, external affairs, human resources, security, and sustainability functions locally and regionally. She is a former Company Secretary and Executive Director of West Indian Tobacco as well as the Chairman of its Pension Plan. .

She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of West Indies and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School. She has participated in several executive training programmes including in areas of sustainability, leadership and governance.

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