The West Indian Tobacco Company Limited (West Indian Tobacco) is a public company whose shares are listed on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange and held by over 3000 shareholders
The West Indian Tobacco Company Limited (West Indian Tobacco) is a public company whose shares are listed on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange and held by over 3000 shareholders. The company was established in 1904 by Mr. John Phillips, businessman and founder of the tobacco business in Trinidad and Tobago. In 1948, the manufacturing plant was transitioned from Port-of-Spain to Champ Fleurs.
Currently this plant supplies 25 brands in 137 stock keeping units (SKU’s) both to the local Trinidad and Tobago market, and regionally to 16 CARICOM Members and Associate countries. These include: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.
The Company’s mission is to sustain its market leadership position and to be the number one manufacturing centre in the Caribbean. Locally we distribute through third party distribution to approximately 7000 outlets around Trinidad and Tobacco. Our local product portfolio is made up of three main brands, Dunhill, DuMaurier and Broadway in 14 stock keeping units.
Our Statement of Business Principles and our Standards of Business Conduct underpin our commitment to high standards of corporate behaviour. Conducting our business with honesty, integrity and transparency is not only the right thing to do, but is also critical to the continuing development of a business that is responsible, successful and sustainable in the long term. The Standards require all staff to act with high standards of business integrity, to comply with all laws and regulations wherever our companies operate and to ensure that our business standards are never compromised for the sake of results.
Anthony Phillip joined West Indian Tobacco in 1973 as a manager in its Production Department and became the Production Manager/Director in 1984 after completing a period of secondment to British American Tobacco, Kenya. He was appointed Managing Director in 1998 and following his retirement in 2006, became Chairman in 2007. He was also Chairman and Managing Director of British American Tobacco (Malawi) Limited from 1994 to 1998. Mr Phillip, who began his career as an Industrial Chemist holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from The University of the West Indies.
Jean-Pierre du Coudray was appointed Managing Director of West Indian Tobacco in October 2006. He has been in the tobacco industry since 2001 and led the Company’s Trade Marketing and Distribution Department before going on assignment to lead the Trade Marketing Services of British American Tobacco (BAT) Group’s interests in the Caribbean. Mr du Coudray is a member of the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce and sits on the Board of several companies in the First Citizens Group. Mr du Coudray holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Ingrid Lashley is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage Finance Company Limited. Ms Lashley was appointed a Director in August 2008 and the Chairman of the Audit Committee in March 2009. An experienced banker, Ms Lashley is the holder of an Masters in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and also carries the designations of Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Accountant. Ms Lashley is currently the Chairman of Bourse Securities and Bourse Brokers, and holds directorships in the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Training Institute and Eco-Industrial Development Company of Tobago Limited. She also serves as a member of the Quality Assurance Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ranjit Jeewan was appointed a Director in November 1986 and has been a member of the Board’s Audit Committee since 1990. Mr Jeewan has worked in the tobacco industry since 1968 and headed the Finance function of West Indian Tobacco for 16 years until his retirement in 2002. During this period, he was seconded on overseas assignments within the BAT Group to the United Kingdom and Singapore. Mr Jeewan is currently the Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Central Depository and holds a Directorship in the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange.
Danielle Chow was appointed a Director in July 2004 and additionally assumed the role of Company Secretary in 2007. Mrs Chow has been in the tobacco industry since 1999 and has led the Legal, Corporate Affairs, Security and Human Resource functions both in West Indian Tobacco and within the BAT Group’s interest in the Caribbean. She currently heads the Legal and External Affairs Function in West Indian Tobacco. Mrs Chow, an Attorney-at-Law, holds a Bachelor of Laws from The University of the West Indies and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School. She was admitted to the local Bar in 1985.
Alan Bergin was appointed a Director in July 2015. Mr Bergin has over 17 years’ experience in the tobacco industry within Audit, Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and the commercial Finance functions in the United Kingdom, Russia, Africa, and the Middle East. He is currently the Head of the Finance Function for the BAT Group’s interest in the Caribbean and Central America and holds directorships in British American Tobacco Central America S.A., Carreras Limited and BAT Caribbean S.A. Mr Bergin is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Imperial College, London.
Isha Reuben-Theodore was appointed a Director in November 2014. She has 11 years’ experience in the tobacco industry within the audit and main finance functions both in West Indian Tobacco and within the BAT Group’s interest in the Caribbean. She currently heads the Finance Function in West Indian Tobacco. Mrs Reuben-Theodore is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago, with over 20 years’ experience.
Rodrigo Mendonca was appointed a Director in October 2015. He has over 20 years’ experience in the tobacco industry within the Operations function. He led the manufacturing, maintenance and Leaf Operations in Brazil, before taking up the position of Head of Operations for the BAT Group’s interest in the Caribbean and Central America. Mr Mendonca is a mechanical engineer and holds a Masters’ Degree in Finance.
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