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.
(Non-Independant Executive Director)
Pablo Sconfianza assumed the role of Finance Director, British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad, on 21 June 2014, and was officially appointed a Director of the Group on 1 May 2014.
Pablo joined British American Tobacco’s entity in Argentina as the Head of Treasury and Corporate Finance for Mercosul Cluster (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) in 2005.
In 2008, Pablo was appointed Regional Head of Marketing Finance for the Americas Region, where he was also a member of the Global Marketing Finance Council and the Global Excise Team. In his next role in 2010, Pablo moved to Moscow as Head of Finance Supply Chain Eastern Europe, where he actively supported the Supply Chain integration under the new Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Subsequently, in September 2011, Pablo assumed the role of Finance Director of British American Tobacco Romania.
Prior to joining British American Tobacco, Pablo worked in private equity and mergers and acquisitions areas, both in Brazil and Argentina.
Pablo holds a degree in Business Administration from UCA (Catholic University, Argentina) and has a masters’ degree in Management and Corporate Finance from Fundação Getulio Vargas (Getulio Vargas Foundation) in Brazil.
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
Fiona Geddes was appointed Human Resources Director of British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad on 14 May 2014.
Fiona joined the British American Tobacco Group in February 2008 as the Business Engagement Manager with the Global Finance Shared Services before leading the British American Tobacco’s global IT transformation as its Programme Manager and Change Manager in March 2010.
Since then, Fiona has held various leadership roles in the fields of Change Management and Organisation Effectiveness. Prior to her appointment in British American Tobacco Malaysia, Fiona was based in the Asia Pacific Regional Office, Hong Kong, as the Regional Head of Organisation Effectiveness.
Fiona began her career with Accenture in February 1998 and throughout her 10 years of experience there, has taken on various roles specialising in the delivery of business transformation across a wide range of industries.
Fiona holds a Bachelor of Laws from Durham University, United Kingdom, and has a Certificate in Humanities from Open University.
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.