Richard Burrows

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Richard Burrows
Born Richard George William Burrows
(1946-01-16) 16 January 1946 (age 69)
Nationality Irish
Education Wesley College (Dublin)
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1967–present
Salary $671,423
Title Chairman of British American Tobacco
Term 2009–present
Predecessor Jan du Plessis
Successor Incumbent
Board member of
Rentokil Initial, CityJet, Carlsberg Group, Pernod Ricard[1]

Richard George William Burrows (born 16 January 1946) is an Irish businessman, currently Chairman of British American Tobacco plc (informally BAT), the world’s second-largest tobacco company by sales.

Early life[edit]

Burrows is a graduate of Wesley College (Dublin).


Burrows joined the Board of British American Tobacco plc as a non-executive director in September 2009 and became Chairman on 1 November 2009.[2]

Burrows was formerly Governor of the Bank of Ireland, a post he resigned from in June 2009.[3]

Honours and awards[edit]

In June 1996, he was made a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Executive Profile: Richard Burrows". Business Week. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "BAT>About us>Board of Directors: Richard Burrows, Chairman". BAT. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Wachman, Richard (26 November 2010). "Ireland bailout: Banker who got out just in time". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 30 October 2012.