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British Tobacco gets new board chairman

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British American Tobacco Nigeria has announced the appointment of Kola Karim as its Advisory Board Chairman, with effect from November 1, 2023.

Announcing this in a statement on Tuesday, the company said Karim who is currently the Managing Director and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shoreline Energy International, has over two decades of career span and would bring his wealth of experience and expertise to his new role at BAT Nigeria.

The statement noted that as the Managing Director of Shoreline, he has successfully led the company in navigating complex challenges and driving sustainable growth.

“In his capacity as BAT’s Advisory Board Chairman, he will provide strategic guidance and oversight to BAT Nigeria, leveraging his extensive leadership experience and industry knowledge to support the company’s continued success in the dynamic and evolving market,” the statement said.

Speaking on his appointment, the Managing Director, of BAT West and Central Africa, Yarub Al Bahrani, said, “We are pleased to welcome such a distinguished expert to chair our advisory board as his proven track record of leadership makes him an excellent fit. We believe that under his guidance, BAT will continue to thrive, delivering value to our stakeholders and upholding the highest standards of corporate governance in realizing BAT’s purpose,” Al Bahrani said.

He said that Karim’s appointment aligns seamlessly with the company’s strategic goals, adding that the company is looking forward to the valuable contributions he will make to our organization.

Earlier, Karim, said “I am honored to take on the role of Chairman on the BAT Advisory board. The company is renowned for its commitment to excellence, innovation, and responsible business practices. I am eager to work collaboratively with the board and management to contribute to the continued success of BAT. Through this Advisory Board, BAT reinforces its long-term commitment to doing business in Nigeria and its pledge to continue to invest, so long as the company is empowered to do this in a conducive business environment,” he concluded.

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