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Ignacio Ballester


Non-Independent Executive Director (Finance Director)

Nationality: Italian
Date of Appointment: 9 September 2019


  • Degree in Business Administration from School of Economics University of Buenos Aires. (Bs As, Argentina) 
  • Masters in Business Administration from IDEA, (Instituto para el Desarrollo Empresarial de la Argentina) Graduate School of Business. (Bs As, Argentina)
  • General Management Programme from INSEAD The Business School for the World. (Fontainebleau, France)

Membership of Board Committee:

  • Risk Management Committee

Membership of Sub-Committees:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
  • Executive Compensation Committee
  • Risk Management Team

Present Directorship(s):

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  • Nil


  • From 2015 to 2019, Ignacio was the Area Finance Director, Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) and Chief Information Officer for BAT’s South America Cluster where he lead the Finance & IT departments for a group of seven companies/countries (Argentina, Chile, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Ecuador).  He was also the President of the Board for BAT Chile.
  • Prior to his current role Ignacio was the Managing Director for BAT ASPAC SERVICE CENTRE, the Regional Shared Services Unit for Asia Pacific Region based in Kuala Lumpur from 2012 and 2015.
  • He also served as Finance Director for B.A.T. (U.K. and Export) Limited and Regional Finance Manager in BAT East Europe, Africa and Middle East from 2008 to 2011.
  • He was the Area CFO and Head of IT for BAT Southern African Markets (Stellenbosch) from 2007 to 2008.
  • He was the CFO and Head of IT for Mozambique (Maputo, Mozambique) from 2005 to 2007.
  • After completing his management trainee program in 1998, he also served in various Finance positions with assignments in Argentina and Europe until 2005.
  • He started his career in BAT Argentina as a Management Trainee under the Finance Management Trainee Program from 1996 to 1998.