Ignacio Ballester


Non-Independent Executive Director/Finance Director

Gender: Male
Nationality: Italian
Date Appointed to the Board: 9 December 2019


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

Membership of Board Committee:

  • Risk Management Committee

Present Directorship(s):

Listed Entity
  • Nil
Other Public Company
  • Nil

Working Experience

  • From 2015 to 2019, Ignacio was the Area Finance Director, Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) and Chief Information Officer for British American Tobacco South America Cluster where he lead the Finance and Information Technology Departments for a group of seven companies/ countries (Argentina, Chile, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Ecuador). During this time, Ignacio was also the President of the Board for British American Tobacco 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 to 2015.
  • He also served as Finance Director for B.A.T. (U.K. and Export) Limited and Regional Finance Manager for BAT East Europe, Africa and Middle East, based in London from 2008 to 2011.
  • He was the Area CFO and Head of IT for BAT Southern African Markets (based in Stellenboch, South Africa) from 2007 to 2008.
  • He was the CFO and Head of IT for BAT Mozambique (Maputo, Mozambique) from 2005 to 2007.
  • Ignacio started his career in British American Tobacco Argentina as a management trainee under the Finance Management Trainee Programme from 1996 to 1998. After completing his management trainee programme in 1998, he held various finance positions with assignments in Argentina and Western Europe until 2005.