British American Tobacco has appointed Dr Ana Maria Llopis as a non-executive director with immediate effect.

Llopis, who has worked in consumer marketing with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Playtex and Banesto, will follow in the footsteps of Johann Rupert who will be retiring from the board at the group’s agm on April 15.

In addition, chief information officer Peter Brickley is resigning from the management board with effect from March 31.