"Stakeholder engagement, corporate reputation and the licence to operate – what the Board should be asking" A Board Breakfast with Kingsley Wheaton, 6 November 2014
It gave Fidelio Partners great pleasure to host a Board breakfast with Kingsley Wheaton, Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, and member of the Management Board of British American Tobacco, on Thursday 6th November.
Since the 2008 Financial Crisis business leaders across most sectors have faced increased scepticism and at times outright hostility from the public. This clearly flows through into political and regulatory decision making. As such the ability to engage effectively with key stakeholders has become critical to corporate success, in particular for quoted companies.
On 6th November will explored with Kingsley the questions that Directors should be asking about stakeholder engagement. What does best practice look like? What are the skills needed to run this highly complex function? How does Corporate Affairs support an effective horizon scanning for future risks? What is the link between engagement and corporate reputation?
As Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, for a leading FTSE 100 company, Kingsley is ideally placed to address these issues. He was appointed to this role and the Management Board in 2012 having joined the Group in 1996. Kingsley held a number of roles in Marketing. He was Marketing Director in Nigeria and Russia, before becoming General Manager in Russia – one of the Group’s most significant businesses. He was then the Global Brand Director responsible for Kent and Vogue.
This breakfast proved highly relevant for Board Directors, in particular of quoted or B2C companies, as well as Executive Committee members who clearly also hold responsibility for corporate reputation.