Richard Burrows

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Richard Burrows
Richard George William Burrows

(1946-01-16) 16 January 1946 (age 73)
EducationWesley College (Dublin)
Years active1967–present
TitleChairman of British American Tobacco
PredecessorJan du Plessis
Board member ofRentokil Initial, CityJet, Carlsberg Group, Pernod Ricard[1]

Richard George William Burrows (born 16 January 1946) is an Irish businessman. He is the chairman of British American Tobacco plc (informally BAT), the world's second-largest tobacco company by sales, and chief executive of Irish Distillers.[2] In October 2016, Burrows became the chairman of Craven House Capital, an AIM-listed company that specializes in restructuring, expansion and turnaround investments in crisis and transitioning economics.[3]

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.[4]

Burrows was formerly Governor of the Bank of Ireland, a post he resigned from in June 2009.[5]

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. ^ David, Ruth (November 16, 2016). "Reynolds American wants BAT to up offer". Business World. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Burke, Rolsin (October 9, 2016). "Richard Burrows becomes chair of Craven House Capital". The Business Post. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  4. ^ "BAT>About us>Board of Directors: Richard Burrows, Chairman". BAT. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  5. ^ Wachman, Richard (26 November 2010). "Ireland bailout: Banker who got out just in time". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 30 October 2012.