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Board changes at BAT

01 Apr 2021. Non-Executive Director at BAT, Jerry Fowden, has resigned from the Board with immediate effect and Karen Guerra, a Non-Executive Director of the Company, will join the Audit Committee, according to a BAT press release.

Fowden decided to step down from BATís Board in order to avoid a potential conflict of interest with other external commitments in view of the companyís focus on expanding its portfolio beyond nicotine. This means that Fowden will not seek re-election at the Annual General Meeting to be held on 28 April, states the press release.

"On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Jerry for his valuable contribution to the Company since his appointment as a Non-Executive Director in September 2019. We wish him the very best for the future," said Chairman Richard Burrows.

It was also announced that Karen Guerra, a Non-Executive Director of the Company, will join the Audit Committee and step down from the Remuneration Committee with immediate effect.

Furthermore, the press release stated that as the Company's Notice of Meeting has already been issued, the Company confirms that the resolution to reappoint Jerry Fowden as a Non-Executive Director of the Company (resolution number 9) is now withdrawn.