Non-Independent Executive Director / Managing Director
Stefano Clini was appointed a Director of British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad on 1 May 2013 and officially appointed as Managing Director of the Group on 1 July 2013.
Stefano began his career in Procter & Gamble and held various senior leadership roles in the company during his 15 years there. His career in Procter & Gamble saw him holding different positions in marketing, first in Italy, then Belgium, Switzerland and Turkey.
He subsequently joined Heinz Italia S.p.A as President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2005 before assuming the role at HJ Heinz as President, Global Infant & Nutrition in May 2010. He held that role for 3 years before joining the BAT Group in 2013.
Stefano holds a Degree in Business and Economics from Libera Universita’ Internazionale Degli Studi Sociali, Italy.
Christine Lee Oi Kuan
(Non-Independent Executive Director)
Corporate and Legal Affairs Director
Christine Lee Oi Kuan was appointed a Director of British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad on 1 March 2012.
She was appointed to the Top Team, now known as Leadership Team of British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad on 1 January 2006 and assumed the role of Corporate and Legal Affairs Director of British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad on 1 September 2006. She has been with British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad since 2001.
Christine Lee began her career in British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad as Head of Legal and Company Secretary. She was previously the Legal Manager and Company Secretary of two public listed companies, Hong Leong Industries Berhad and Malaysian Pacific Industries Berhad.
Holder of a degree in law from the University of Malaya, Christine Lee served at the Attorney General’s Chambers, Malaysia from 1983-1993 in the Prosecution and Advisory and International Law Divisions.
In her current role as the Corporate and Legal Affairs Director, Christine Lee is responsible for corporate and regulatory affairs and legal matters of the Group.
Andreas Michael Thompson
(Non-Independent Executive Director)
Andreas Thompson was appointed a Director of British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad on 1 March 2011. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) from the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom. He joined British American Tobacco p.l.c. as Finance Graduate Trainee in 1993 whereupon graduation he undertook a number of Finance roles within the Asia Pacific region. Over the last ten years he has held various positions including Director of Marketing Finance of Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation Inc (2001-2004), Finance & IT Director of A/T British American Tobacco Prilucky Tobacco Company (2004-2007), Area Finance Director of the Middle East & Caucasus (2007-2008).
Prior to his appointment with British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad as Finance Director, Andreas Thompson led the Finance integration of BAT’s ST acquisition, thereafter becoming the Head of Finance for the Northern Europe Cluster (2008-2011) based in Denmark.
Joel Solomon A/L Enock Solomon was appointed Operations Director of British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad on 1 January 2013. He joined the Company in 1999 as a management trainee and thereafter held various positions in operations including supply chain management and material development, procurement and factory operations. He was promoted to senior management in 2004, in-charge of Primary Manufacturing and subsequently Secondary Manufacturing.
In 2007, Joel was moved into the role of Supply Planning Manager for British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad covering a wider scope of end-to-end planning as well as defining the supply footprint for Malaysia. He was thereafter moved to a project role in January 2009, to shape the Company’s supply chain and seconded to Singapore in May 2009 to assume the role of Regional Production Planning Manager which involved the setting up of the regional planning hub as well as the process, governance and organisation of the hub itself. He was promoted to Regional Supply Planning Manager in 2011 to head both production planning and distribution planning where his role involved reshaping of the supply models, introduced new supply models as well as paved way for the regional footprint redesign.
He holds an Engineering Degree from the University of Malaya.
Marcelo Alvarenga Guimaraes
Marcelo Alvarenga Guimaraes was appointed Marketing Director of British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad on 1 January 2013. He joined BAT’s entity in Brazil, Souza Cruz as a Management Trainee in 1995 and has held various positions in Marketing.
In 2002, he joined the Regional Team in LACAR and was subsequently seconded to BATCCA (BAT Caribbean and Central America) and then to Nobleza Piccardo (BAT’s entity in Argentina, also overlooking Paraguay and Uruguay). He returned to Souza Cruz in 2007, becoming Head of Brands in 2008.
In 2010, Marcelo moved to British American Tobacco plc as Marketing Sustainability and Innovation Strategy Manager in Central Marketing and after that joined the Strategy and Planning Team, playing a key role in the Global Resource Allocation and the Re-articulation of the Global Strategy.
Marcelo holds a BSc in Economics from Pontificia Universidade Catolica of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, MBA from Manchester Business School, UK and Master of Business Knowledge Management from Coppe/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Human Resources Director
Murali Thanabalan joined the Company in July 1997 as Compensation and Benefits Manager.
Post the merger of Rothmans of Pall Mall (Malaysia) Berhad and Malaysian Tobacco Company Berhad in 1999, Murali was appointed Rewards Manager of British American Tobacco Malaysia with the key focus of integrating the rewards platform. He then ventured out to pursue other interests in 2000 before rejoining the Company the following year. Thereafter he was seconded to British American Tobacco Nigeria as Rewards Manager in 2002, where he then became Rewards Manager for West and Central Africa before succeeding as Human Resources Director for British American Tobacco Nigeria.
Murali then moved to Kenya as Area Head of Human Resources of Sub Saharan Africa before returning in the same capacity to South Asia Area in 2010. On 1 March 2012, Murali assumed the role of Human Resources Director of British American Tobacco Malaysia.
Murali holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the National University of Singapore.
Azlan bin Ibrahim
Head of Business Development Services
Azlan joined the British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad in June 1987 as a Marketing Management Trainee, after completing his education from the University of Southern Illinois, USA. He underwent a 9 months training period where he was then sent to Pahang to be the Acting Area Sales Manager from 1988 to 1989. He was then confirmed as the Area Sales Manager in 1989.Thereafter, Azlan was transferred to Kota Bharu to look after the Kelantan and Trengganu markets. In 1993, he was made the Regional Sales Manager for the Northern Region.
Azlan was promoted to the role of Sales Manager in 1994 and during the pre-merger period, he was assigned to the role of National Sales Manager for Rothmans. Post-merger, he became the Regional Trade and Distribution Manager until 2001.
In 2002, after 15 years in Marketing, Azlan was made the Business Development Manager. In 2003, he became the Head of Business Development and in 2011, he was given the responsibility to also be in-charge of Security and changed his position to Head of Business Development Services.