Our leadership


Suresh Shah



Mr. Suresh Shah joined the Board of Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC as an Independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 1st February 2021. Mr. Shah was appointed as the Chairman of CTC with effect from 16th February 2021.

Mr. Shah is renowned for his visionary leadership and commitment to good governance and has served as Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka’s apex trade chamber. He is also a Past Chairman of the Employers Federation of Ceylon and has served as a Commissioner on the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka. Mr. Shah was a member of the Monetary Policy Consultative Committee with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and of the Council at the University of Moratuwa. A Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Mr. Shah brings with him a wealth of business acumen.

Nedal Salem



Mr. Nedal Salem joined British American Tobacco (BAT) in 1998 as Country Manager Jordan. During his career with BAT spanning over two decades, Nedal has held various Management roles spanning across nine markets in three continents.

Mr. Salem was Area Head of Strategy in BAT Middle East from 2006-2008, Global Senior Brand Manager – “Lucky Strike” in BAT UK from 2008-2011 and Director Brand Marketing in BAT South Korea from 2011-2015.

Prior to joining CTC, he functioned as Head of Brand Marketing in BAT Indonesia from 2017. During his tenure in Indonesia, he delivered major portfolio milestones driving year on year profit and volume growth for the brands “Dunhill” and “Lucky Strike”. This was driven through solid brand building principles, a groundbreaking consumer product strategy and a novel consumer centric activation model.

Over the last 20 years, he has built high performing teams through his inspiring & inclusive leadership style. He has created a legacy of building strong & driven teams, the growth of global drive brands and the underlying financials.

Mr. Salem holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Business from The George Washington University.

Anil Tittawella



Mr. Anil Tittawella is a President’s Counsel with wide professional career with experience in litigation and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. His expertise is in civil and commercial law litigation, negotiation, mediation, legal documentation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and legal due diligence. He has a variety of clients drawn from different jurisdictions such as Pakistan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Sweden, UAE, Thailand, Singapore, England, USA, India, Mauritius, New Zealand and Switzerland. Mr. Tittawella was a member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka Committee on Company Law Reform (1995-1996), a member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Committee on Company Reforms (1993) and a member of the Sri Lanka Swedish joint legal team to formulate the new Arbitration Act of Sri Lanka (1994-1997).

He was the Legal Consultant to the Airport and Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (1994-1997) and the founder member of the Institute of Commercial Law and Practice in Sri Lanka (1995). Mr. Tittawella was also a commission member of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka from 2000 to 2002 and a Member of the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka from 2001 to 2002. He is a Member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and the Colombo Law Society. Mr. Tittawella is an Attorney–at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka admitted to the bar in 1985 and was appointed Presidents Counsel in 2005 and holds Solicitors (final) Examination of the Law Society of the United Kingdom. He also has a master’s in law (Hons) from the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Yudhishtran Kanagasabai



Mr. Yudhishtran Kanagasabai is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Having joined PricewaterhouseCoopers since its inception, he held progressively responsible positions and was the Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, until he retired on 31 March 2017. His career spanned over 30 years and included two years with the Singapore firm. He has wide exposure in providing business and technology consulting services and specialises in business restructuring and risk alignment. His clientele included multinationals, state owned enterprises, large listed and private owned companies and family owned businesses across Industries, and in particular banks and telcos – in Sri Lanka, Maldives and Singapore.

Mr. Kangasabai serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the CTC Board and is also the Chairman of Audit Committee and Related Party Transactions Review Committee. He is also a member of the Board Compensation and Remuneration Committee and Corporate Social Investment Committee since February 2018.

Mr. Kanagasabai also serves as a Non-Executive Independent Director of Cargills Food Company Limited, Cargills Ceylon PLC, Millennium Information Technologies (Private) Limited, Hunters Limited PLC, Lanka Canneries Limited and Easwaran Brothers Exports (Private) Limited. He also serves as a Commissioner of the Insurance Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka.

Syed Muhammad Ali Abrar



Ali joined British American Tobacco (BAT) Pakistan in 2005 and has served with BAT in various capacities within and outside Pakistan. During his career with BAT, he has gained well rounded knowledge in multiples areas of finance, including corporate finance, commercial finance and supply chain finance. Most recently, he has held leadership team positions heading the finance function for various BAT group companies. Having a diversified experience profile, he has a proven track record of driving sustainable value growth for the group’s businesses in Pakistan, South Asia, South Pacific, Middle East and BAT’s global business services hub in Malaysia.

Over the years, Ali has established himself as a business professional who leverages his finance expertise and commercial acumen to drive the corporate strategic agenda, both in terms of business growth as well as talent development.

Ali holds a bachelor’s degree from the National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan and holds an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan.

Usman Zahur



Mr. Usman Zahur joined British American Tobacco in Pakistan 21 years ago and since then he has held various senior Marketing positions in the areas of Brands, Trade and Strategic Planning & insights across different geographies. Mr. Zahur was seconded in 2012 as the Head of Marketing in British American Tobacco - Bangladesh, where he led the marketing team in achieving unprecedented growth in a very complex, and competitive environment.

In 2015, he moved to British American Tobacco UK and started working on the brand “KENT” where he successfully supported the Global Brand Code development and deployment. Mr. Zahur also played a key role in building and deploying the KENT Next Generation Product Agenda in Romania and Japan.

He returned to British American Tobacco - Pakistan as Area Marketing Director for South Asia Cluster and has been supporting the area markets including Sri Lanka and Myanmar since 1st January 2017. Recently he was appointed as the Deputy Managing Director of Pakistan Tobacco Company.

Rumana Rahman



Ms. Rumana Rahman joined the the Board of Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC as Non-Executive Director with effect from 1st February 2021.

Rumana, currently the Regional Head of Talent, Culture & Inclusion, APME is the first South Asian female and first Bangladeshi to sit in the Regional Leadership Team. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and recently successfully led the biggest transformation of BAT across 33 countries in APME. She was recognized as the Most Inspiring Women Leader by Brand Forum in 2016.

Stuart Kidd



Mr. Stuart Kidd joined the Board of Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC as Non-Executive Director with effect from 1st February 2021.

Stuart, currently the Regional Head of Finance, APME, marks over 19 years of experience in various BAT companies and successfully performed the role of Finance Director in various end markets as well as roles in Group mergers & acquisitions. He is a Certified Chartered Accountant from the Australia & New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.