Delivering our strategy
As we deliver our strategy, it is important that the skillset and focus of the people leading our business reflect the environment we are operating in today.
The diversity, expertise and experience of our Leadership and management team is key in enabling us to continue to deliver our strategy and capitalise on the great opportunities that lie ahead. Meet our Leadership Team members that make things happen.
Yarub enjoys travelling, good food and exercise. He is married and has two sons.
Demola enjoys music and plays drums in a band. He is married and has three children.
Temitope holds an MBA with specialisation in Personnel Management from the University of Leicester. She is married with three sons and enjoys reading and travelling.
Simukai is an armchair sportsman. He is married and has three children.
Freddy joined BAT in 2001 as a Management Trainee in the Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Executive Department in DRC. He rose through the ranks and has held several leadership positions in Regulatory Affairs and Legal within the West African Area having worked in several markets including DRC, Senegal and Nigeria. In 2015, Freddy was appointed as the Area Head of Legal and External Affairs, a position he held until his appointment in January 2020 as the General Manager for the West and Central Africa Markets.
Freddy is a commercially driven lawyer by training and experience, he is also passionate about BAT’s continued leadership position in the Area. Freddy brings these qualities to provide business -focused solutions to drive the marketing and business strategies for the markets in his patch.
When Freddy is not working for BAT, he enjoys his daily fitness routines, discovering new places, understanding the mechanisms of machines, watching movies and is also a connoisseur of white wines.
Academically, a Mechanical Engineer, he held key positions in Operations in different BAT geographies including Planning & Logistics Manager Pakistan, Supply Chain Project Manager BAT Korea, Factory Manager Pakistan, Manufacturing Manager Romania and Head of Manufacturing Pakistan. He was appointed as Area Head of Operations, West Africa Area (now West & Central Africa Area) in September 2018.
Waseem is married with three kids. He likes to play and watch cricket and tennis.
Nomore Mapanzure holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honors) Degree from the University of South Africa. He is a Chartered Accountant (ICAZ and SAICA) He joined the British American Tobacco Group in 2004 and has held several senior finance roles in various BAT markets. Nomore is currently the Head of Finance for the BAT West and Central Africa Area.
He began his career with BAT in 2004 as Treasury Manager in BAT Zimbabwe. Since then, he has held several finance roles covering Operations, Commercial Finance and Cluster finance roles which included Head of finance for Tunisia, Libya and Sudan (an acquisition) in North Africa, Head of Finance Southern African Markets, and more recently Marketing Finance Controller for East and Southern Africa.
In these roles, he has successfully executed strategies that have enabled the markets he supported to profitably navigate volatile operating environments and mitigate negative impacts to BAT.
Nomore is married with three boys.
Olakunle is married with two children and enjoys movies and travel.