Board of Directors

The Board of Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, which meets at least five times a year, currently comprises a Non-Executive Chairman, six Non-Executive Directors and three Executive Directors, with a clear separation of the roles of Chairman and Chief Executive to ensure an appropriate balance of power and authority.

Iain Napier Chairman
Alison Cooper Chief Executive
Robert Dyrbus Finance Director
Matthew Phillips Group Corporate & Legal Affairs Director
Mark Williamson Deputy Chairman of the Board and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Ken Burnett Non-Executive Director
David Haines Non-Executive Director
Michael Herlihy Non-Executive Director
Susan Murray Non-Executive Director
Berge Setrakian Non-Executive Director
Malcolm Wyman Non-Executive Director
John Downing Company Secretary

Operating Executive

The Operating Executive is the senior management steering group for the Company. Comprised of the Executive Directors and key members of our senior management team, the Operating Executive is responsible for implementing Group strategy and monitoring the detailed operational performance of all aspects of the business.

Alison Cooper Chief Executive
Robert Dyrbus Group Finance Director
Helen Clatworthy
Group Supply Chain Director
Fernando Domínguez Premium Cigar Director
Roberto Funari Group Marketing Director
Matthew Phillips Group Corporate & Legal Affairs Director
Walter Prinz
Group Manufacturing, Research & Development Director
Arthur van Benthem Group Sales Director

Alison Cooper BSc, ACA

Chief Executive, Aged 44

Appointed Chief Executive in May 2010.

Committee membership
Operating Executive.

Skills and experience
Alison joined Imperial Tobacco in 1999 and was appointed as Chief Executive on 13 May 2010. She has held a number of senior roles in the Group including Director of Finance and Planning, Regional Director Western Europe, Corporate Development Director and Chief Operating Officer.

Previously she was with PricewaterhouseCoopers where she had worked with Imperial Tobacco for several years in a number of areas, including acquisitions.

Alison became Group Financial Controller in 2001 and was responsible for the financial management and control of the Group. In 2003 she became Director of Finance & Planning and a member of the Operating Executive, the senior management steering group responsible for implementing Group strategy.

In 2005 Alison was appointed Sales and Marketing Regional Director for Western Europe. She was appointed to the Board as Corporate Development Director in July 2007, with responsibility for strategic planning, business development and corporate affairs, and she was a key member of the Altadis acquisition team.

Following her appointment as Chief Operating Officer in March 2009, Alison took on responsibility for all of the Group’s sales and marketing, manufacturing and cigar business activities, whilst retaining her existing responsibilities.

External appointments
Non-Executive Director, Inchcape plc since 1 July 2009.

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