Imperial Tobacco group sales and marketing director Graham Blashill is to retire at the supplier's agm in February after 42 years with the company.

In his time at Imperial he has held senior positions including commercial development manager, managing director UK and regional director for Western Europe.

"Graham has had a tremendous career at Imperial Tobacco, managing our operations in key markets," said chairman Iain Napier. "He has also been instrumental in evolving our strategic direction, embedding our enhanced sales focus across the business."