Demerara Tobacco Company

Demerara Tobacco Co. Limited was established in Guyana in 1934.

Demerara Tobacco Company Limited (DEMTOCO) was established in Guyana in 1934. The Company went public in 1960 with shares available for local investors. In 1997, production was transferred to the West Indian Tobacco Company Limited in Trinidad.

Demerara Tobacco markets British American Tobacco brands in Guyana. The Company is one of the most profitable on the Guyanese Stock Exchange and is well respected across the business community in Guyana.

Our vision is to achieve and maintain leadership of the Guyanese Tobacco Industry in order to create long term shareholder value.

We hold steadfast to the strategy of creating shareholder value, delivering profit growth and long-term business sustainability. The four pillars of this strategy are Growth, Productivity, Sustainability and developing a Winning Organisation.

Corporate Governance

Our Statement of Business Principles and our Standards of Business Conduct underpin our commitment to high standards of corporate behaviour. Conducting our business with honesty, integrity and transparency is not only the right thing to do but is also critical to the continuing development of a business that is responsible, successful and sustainable in the long term. The Standards require all staff to act with high standards of business integrity, to comply with all laws and regulations wherever our companies operate and to ensure that our business standards are never compromised for the sake of results.

Board of Directors

 
Kathryn Anne Abdulla

KATHRYN ANNE ABDULLA

CHAIRMAN

Position: Chairman, appointed to the Board of Directors of Demerara Tobacco Company in April 2020; Caribbean Head of Legal and Company Secretary, The West Indian Tobacco Company Limited.

Skills & Experience: Kathryn is an Attorney at Law with over 20 years’ corporate commercial experience. She has operated at a strategic level in various functions largely in the private sector. In her current portfolio, Kathryn provides strategic perspective to achieve the Company’s mandate of sustaining market leadership of tobacco products for the Caribbean, which includes some 24 markets. Kathryn operates at a senior management level to operationalise the mandate in various functions and is responsible for matters inclusive of legal, corporate governance, security, identification of business risks, pension plan issues. Kathryn manages Board administration in Trinidad and Tobago ensuring compliance with local statutory requirements and compliance within the BAT Group and manages share registration and shareholder relations services and brings a wealth of experience in this area.

Directorship: Kathryn has provided national service to her country as she held the position of Director on the not for profit Friends of the Blood Bank Association board until December 2019. This board provides oversight and direction to fulfil the Blood Bank’s mandate of fundraising under the Ministry of Health and collecting the nation’s blood supply. For many years, Kathryn was a Trustee serving a not-for-profit committee that had responsibility for sustaining local wildlife in Trinidad and Tobago. Vijay Singh

Qualifications: Kathryn is a graduate of The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus located in Barbados and of the Hugh Wooding Law school located in Trinidad and Tobago. She was appointed a Notary Public in 2018 and is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago and of the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute. She has completed many training programmes both locally and overseas in various disciplines and obtained a postgraduate certificate in the field of Corporate Governance from the Arthur Lok Jack School of Business in 2017.

Vijay Singh

VIJAY SINGH

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Position: Managing Director, appointed to the Board of Directors of Demerara Tobacco Company in February 2020.

Skills & Experience: Vijay most recently served as the Trade Marketing and Distribution Manager for British American Tobacco’s (BAT) interest in the English, Dutch and French-speaking Caribbean. He has been leading in this capacity for the past three years and has been instrumental in driving key business initiatives throughout the Caribbean. Specifically, Vijay was responsible for managing the French Overseas Territories through a turbulent legislative period bringing much-needed stability and clarity to these markets. He also increased and transformed BAT’s market share within this cluster. Prior to this, Vijay worked at the West Indian Tobacco Company Limited for nine years, five of which were spent as Trade Marketing Manager. He credits his beginning as entry-level management for his successful tenure there. During this time, he led his department to achieving ambitious targets which enabled the Company to earn year-on-year double digit profit growth. Vijay’s experience of managing large groups has given him a wealth of knowledge and allowed him to develop his solution-based approach to challenges. Overall, his demonstration of sound commercial acumen and delivery of outstanding results, particularly in distributor management and profit growth, has informed this appointment to Managing Director.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Sunderland.

Patricia Bacchus

PATRICIA BACCHUS

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Position: Non-Executive Director, appointed to the Board of Directors of Demerara Tobacco Company in September 2019.

Skills & Experience: Since 2014, Patricia has held the portfolios of Managing Director and Board Chairperson of Caribbean Container Inc. (CCI) – a publicly listed company engaged in Manufacturing Activities. Prior to this, she held several other positions within the Company, including Director of Administration and Chief Operating Officer, since joining CCI in 2006. Patricia has significant experience stretching across various sectors, having held Directorships on many State Boards and private sector organisations over the last 10 years. Patricia has chaired the Board of the Environmental Protection Agency and most recently, she chaired the Board of the Guyana Office for Investments (GO-Invest) for four years. Patricia has sat as a Director on the Guyana Gold Board, the Protected Areas Commission Board, the Board of Atlantic Hotel Inc. (Marriott) and the Privatisation Unit Board. She served on the Council and Executive Management Committee of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) and on the Council of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI). For a few years, Patricia lectured part-time on the LLB Programme at the University of Guyana, in areas such as the Law of Corporate Management.

Qualification: Patricia is an Attorney-at-Law by training. She graduated from the Hugh Wooding Law School with a Legal Certificate of Merit in 2006, having secured several academic awards – including the Government of Guyana Prize for the Most Outstanding Law Graduate. In 2004, Patricia secured her LLB at the University of Guyana, where she received the Pro-Chancellor’s Medal for the Best Graduating Law Student.

Chandradat Chintamani

CHANDRADAT CHINTAMANI

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Position: Non-Executive Director, appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2016; Senior Vice President, Laparkan Holdings Limited – with responsibilities for operations in Guyana –freight (air and ocean), money transfer, office services, department store etc.

Skills & Experience: Non-Executive Director of the Guyana National Industrial Corporation from September 2016. Appointed to the Management Committee of Shipping Association of Guyana. Prior to this, Chandradat was the Operations Director of Demerara Distillers Limited and subsequently, Executive Director Demerara Shipping Company Limited for a combined period of five years. From 2000 to 2011, he held the following positions at Demerara Tobacco: Finance Manager/Company Secretary, Territory Manager as well as Managing Director over the period and was also responsible for the finance functions of Suriname. Prior to 2000, he worked with the Massy Group as well as with the Amazon Group of Companies. From 2008 to 2010, he was the President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, the oldest private sector organisation in Guyana. During the period, he was also the Secretary of the Private Sector Commission as well as a member of the Guyana Manufacturing and Service Association Board. From 2012 to 2013, he served as Vice President of the Institute of Charter Accountants of Guyana.

Qualification: Chandradat is a Certified Accountant by profession (FCCA).

Raoul Glynn

RAOUL GLYNN

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Position: Non-Executive Director, appointed to the Board of Directors of Demerara Tobacco Company since February 2017; Managing Director, Carreras Limited.

Skills & Experience: Raoul joined BAT’s entity in Trinidad, West Indian Tobacco Company, in September 2002 in the role of Trade Marketing Executive, focused on the capital region – Port of Spain. In January 2004, he was seconded to the Carisma Marketing Services Unit in the role of Area Management, focusing primarily on the English-speaking Caribbean markets, specifically Barbados and the Bahamas. In April 2006, following the success in the islands, he was seconded to Guyana, and promoted to Trade Marketing and Distribution Manager for Demerara Tobacco Company delivering a strong marketing agenda with the launch of Pall Mall, which is now the biggest brand in DTC history. Following a stint in same position in Trinidad, he was seconded to the Carreras Group in Jamaica as Head of Trade in August 2009. Chief amongst his achievements was the return to positive volume performance in the market following years of decline. In February 2012, Raoul was promoted to the role of Marketing Operations Manager of British American Tobacco Pars in the Islamic Republic of Iran, leading the marketing function in the launch of a strategic portfolio in a key T40 market for the Group. Following a short stint in the Middle East Area in Dubai, in February 2014, Raoul assumed the role of Business Development Manager in Costa Rica with responsibility for the Trade Marketing Distribution and Activation portfolio for the BAT Group for the Central American and Caribbean area, leading a strong efficiency agenda in the region. Prior to his promotion to Managing Director at Carreras, Raoul served as Country Manager of Carisma Marketing Services where he led support for 21 markets in the English, French and Dutch-speaking Caribbean.

Qualification: Bachelor’s degree from The University of West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.

Our Team

Vijay Singh

VIJAY SINGH

MANAGING DIRECTOR
Robert O'Brien

ROBERT O'BRIEN

FINANCE CONTROLLER AND COMPANY SECRETARY
Candice Canzius

CANDICE CANZIUS

AREA MANAGER
Merson Jones

MERSON JONES

MARKETING DEPLOYMENT EXECUTIVE
Solange Pertab

SOLANGE PERTAB

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
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