The Leadership team

The Leadership of British American Tobacco Kenya plc. comprises the Managing Director, Finance Director and Heads of the various Business Functions.

The Leadership Team is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Company’s policies and strategy set by the Board, and for creating the conditions for their successful day-to-day operation.

Crispin Achola, Managing Director

Crispin Achola

Managing Director

Crispin most recently worked for the Kimberly-Clarke Corporation where he held the position of General Manager; West, East & Central Africa (WECA) and Managing Director Nigeria. Prior to this, he worked for BAT from 1999 through to 2017, during which he held various senior roles within BAT Kenya and the Group; including Managing Director Mozambique, Cluster General Manager- Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe & Malawi, and Managing Director, Sudan. He is currently also the Cluster Director for BAT East Africa, based in Nairobi.

Philemon Kipkemoi, Finance Director

Philemon Kipkemoi

Finance Director

Philemon has been with BAT Group for 14 years. He joined BAT Kenya in 2007 from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), as Internal Audit Manager. He has subsequently held various senior Finance Leadership roles within the Group, including, Finance Controller (Uganda & Big Ben Tobacco DRC), Finance Controller (East & Central Africa), Head of Operations Finance (East & Central Africa) and most recently Head of Finance (Horn of Africa & Indian Ocean Islands). Philemon is also Chair of the Board of Trustees, BAT Kenya Staff Provident Fund and Head of Finance for BAT East Africa based in Nairobi.

Connie Anyika, Head of External Affairs

Connie Anyika

Head of External Affairs

Connie joined BAT in 2007 and has held various senior roles in External Affairs, Government Affairs and Legal in End market, Regional and Global Roles. She worked in Kenya and East & Central Africa Area prior to her move to London in 2016 as lead counsel for Western Europe Region and thereafter as Head of Regulatory Engagement for Asia Pacific and Middle East Region based in Hong Kong. Most recently, she was Head of Global Regulatory Policy & Foresights in London. Connie is also the Head of External Affairs for BAT East Africa, based in Nairobi.

Ken Gitonga, Head of Trade

Ken Gitonga

Head of Trade

Ken has a rich mix of cross geographic and organizational experience having worked across Africa, the Americas and Europe. He re-joined BAT Kenya in April 2017 as National Sales Manager and in 2018, proceeded for an International Assignment at the BAT Group office in London, UK. He took on the role of Trade Marketing Manager for the Americas and Sub-Sahara Africa region and subsequently, International Brand Manager for the Modern Oral portfolio. In April 2021, he moved to South Africa as the Head of Activations for the East & Southern Africa Area and soon after, took on his current role in February 2022. Ken is also the Head of Trade for East African Markets, based in Nairobi.

Lucy Evara, Head of Human Resources

Lucy Evara

Head of Human Resources

Lucy joined BAT in 2009 from Shell as HR Shared Services Manager for East Africa Zone. She has subsequently held various senior roles within Business Partnering and Centres of Expertise. Prior to her current role as Head of Human Resources, Lucy was the Senior HR Business Partner for Commercial Functions in West & Central Africa Area based in Lagos, Nigeria. Lucy is a Trustee of the BAT Kenya Staff Provident Fund and Head of Human Resources for BAT East African Markets, based in Nairobi.

William Elliot, Head of Legal

William Elliot

Head of Legal

William joined BAT in 2014 from Hogan Lovells International LLP London, taking up the role of Legal Counsel in BAT’s head offices in London, UK. William brings over 11 years of legal experience; advising on complex, often international, regulatory and commercial issues; specialising in judicial review and civil litigation and counselling on administrative law and commercial human rights. Prior to his current role, he was Head of Legal and External Affairs for BAT East and Central Africa Area from 2019, and before that a Senior Counsel in BAT’s Litigation and Regulation Centre of Excellence in London, UK. William is also the Head of Legal for BAT East and Southern Africa Area and a Director of BAT Tanzania Distribution Limited.

Rachel Muchiri, Head of Marketing

Rachel Muchiri

Head of Marketing

Rachel re-joined BAT in 2012 and is a seasoned marketing executive with vast experience across various marketing disciplines including Strategic Planning & Insights, Brand Management and TM&D. She has experience in the FMCG sector spanning different markets within Sub-Saharan Africa including Egypt, DRC, Mauritius and South Africa. Rachel recently returned from a two-year assignment in the East and Southern Africa Area head office in South Africa. Rachel is also the Head of Marketing for BAT East Africa, based in Nairobi.

Edgar Okioga, Head of Information & Digital Technology

Edgar Okioga

Head of Information & Digital Technology

Edgar has more than 20 years of experience in information and digital technology. He joined BAT in 2008 as the Service Level Manager for East Africa and has held several other roles at a regional and DRBU capacity. Prior to BAT, he serves in various roles including IT Manager at UN World Food Program, IT Manager UN UNDP Somali and Geographical information specialist at UN FAO. He holds a Master of Science degree in Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Nairobi. Edgar is the Digital DNA Lead for BAT East and Southern Africa head of IDT for BAT East Africa, based in Nairobi.

Hector Tamez Perez, Head of Manufacturing

Hector Tamez Perez

Head of Manufacturing

Hector is a seasoned Operations professional with vast experience in Supply Chain and Manufacturing. He joined BAT Mexico in 2006 where he held several roles in Manufacturing and Supply Chain. In 2017, he was transferred to BAT South Africa as Head of Supply Chain, where he worked until joining BAT Kenya in 2020 as Head of Manufacturing, based in Nairobi.

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