The Board of Imperial Brands PLC, which meets at least five times a year, currently comprises a Non-Executive Chairman, six Non-Executive Directors and three Executive Directors.

There's a clear separation of the roles of Chairman and Chief Executive to ensure an appropriate balance of power and authority. The Board is supported by John Downing in his role as Company Secretary.

Mark Williamson

Chairman of the Board

Matthew Phillips

Chief Development Officer

Simon Langelier

Non-Executive Director

Steven Stanbrook

Non-Executive Director

John Downing

Company Secretary


The Operating Executive comprises the Executive Directors and key members of our senior management team.

The Operating Executive is responsible for supporting the Chief Executive with implementation of Group strategy, monitoring the detailed operational performance of all aspects of the business and ensuring the Group achieves its financial and non-financial targets.

Alison Cooper

Chief Executive

Matthew Phillips

Chief Development Officer

Joerg Biebernick

Division Director, Europe