Imperial Strengthens Executive Committee

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Imperial Brands has continued to show resilience in adapting to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to CEO Stefan Bomhard.

“In my first three months as CEO I have focused on reviewing our strategy, engaging with employees, and visiting as many of our key markets as possible,” he said in a trading update. “I have been struck by the energy and passion of my colleagues, which increases my confidence in our ability to deliver a stronger performance in the years ahead.”

Bomhard also announced the addition of several external hires to its executive committee.

Murray McGowan has been appointed group strategy and transformation director. Murray has a background in strategy gleaned from his time at McKinsey, Whitbread, The Restaurant Group and Yum! brands.

Alison Clarke has been appointed chief people and culture officer. Alison was previously chief human resource officer at Inchcape, with responsibility for all aspects of people and culture strategies.

Javier Huerta has been appointed group manufacturing and supply chain director and will succeed Walter Prinz when he retires. Javier is currently executive vice president supply chain for foods and refreshment at Unilever and will join Imperial in the coming weeks.

The company is currently searching for a new chief financial officer, following Oliver Tant’s decision to retire.