By Joe Hoppe

British American Tobacco named Soraya Benchikh as its next chief financial officer, effective from May 1 and succeeding interim Finance Director Javed Iqbal.

The FTSE 100 cigarette maker--which houses the Kent, Dunhill and Lucky Strike brands among its portfolio--said Thursday that Benchikh has been Diageo's Europe president since January, having joined the drinks company in 2020 as managing director for northern Europe.

Benchikh had previously spent 20 years at BAT, serving as president of BAT France, area director for eastern and southern Africa, and regional finance director for Europe. Before that, she worked in finance roles at General Electric and Gillette.

"[Benchikh] brings a wealth of leadership experience and commercial acumen from across both finance and commercial roles. [Her] excellent track record in different geographies and in-depth understanding of the sector make her ideally suited for the role," Chairman Luc Jobin said.

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