WHO WE ARE

We are an international group of public affairs professionals, economists, lawyers and scientists committed to dialogue and transparency. We seek to participate constructively in EU-law making on tobacco.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors is composed of six Directors, representing the three Tobacco Europe Full members: (BAT, IMB and JTI). The Board decides on the regulatory objectives of Tobacco Europe and agrees on the working program and the activities of the Tobacco Europe working groups. The current Board Directors are:

ALAN HARDACRE

ALAN HARDACRE

HEAD OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS STRATEGY
Imperial Brands
alan.hardacre@belux.imptob.com
BASSEM BEKDACHE

BASSEM BEKDACHE TOBACCO EUROPE CHAIRMAN 2019

REGIONAL HEAD OF REGULATORY ENGAGEMENT
BAT
bassem_bekdache@bat.com
GIOVANNI CARUCCI 1

GIOVANNI CARUCCI

VICE PRESIDENT EU AFFAIRS
BAT
giovanni_carucci@bat.com
 
BEN TOWNSEND

BEN TOWNSEND

VICE PRESIDENT HEAD OF EU AFFAIRS
JTI
ben.townsend@jti.com
AMANI KESSI

AMANI KESSI

VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE AFFAIRS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WESTERN EUROPE
JTI
amani.kessi@jti.com
VALERIO FORCONI

VALERIO FORCONI

HEAD OF EU CORPORATE AFFAIRS
Imperial Brands
Valerio.Forconi@belux.imptob.com

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee ensures that the Board decisions are implemented and supervises Tobacco Europe activities. The Members of the Executive Committee represent the three Tobacco Europe full members. The current members of the Executive Committee are:

GIOVANNI CARUCCI 1

GIOVANNI CARUCCI

VICE PRESIDENT EU AFFAIRS
BAT
giovanni_carucci@bat.com
BEN TOWNSEND

BEN TOWNSEND

VICE PRESIDENT HEAD OF EU AFFAIRS
JTI
ben.townsend@jti.com
VALERIO FORCONI

VALERIO FORCONI

HEAD OF EU CORPORATE AFFAIRS
Imperial Brands
Valerio.Forconi@belux.imptob.com

WORKING GROUPS AND TASK FORCES

Discussions on regulatory issues are held in different working groups, whose members represent the member companies. They are chaired by member companies’ representatives. Some of them are joint “Tobacco Europe – ESTA” working groups.

TOBACCO EUROPE SECRETARIAT

The Tobacco Europe secretariat is responsible for establishing and maintaining working relations with the EU Institutions. It supports the work of the Tobacco Europe working groups, collects and circulates information on regulatory developments relating to cigarettes, ensures that Tobacco Europe’s views are presented in the EU circle and interacts with a large number of stakeholders.

ALISDAIR GRAY

ALISDAIR GRAY

Director General

alisdair.gray@tobacco-europe.eu Tel + 32 2 319 2767

Alisdair has spent the last 20 years in Brussels and the UK, working with companies with EU public affairs challenges. As Director General, he is responsible for managing the day to day operations of our Brussels office and overseeing the delivery of our strategic plan.
NATHALIE DARGE

NATHALIE DARGE

Director for EU Affairs

nathalie.darge@tobacco-europe.eu Tel + 32 2 319 2765

Nathalie is responsible for fiscal affairs and international trade issues as well as environmental related topics. She coordinates EU-level advocacy closely with our members, the tobacco value chain and national associations. Prior to joining Tobacco Europe, Nathalie worked 9 years at EUROFER.