New sales boss for JTI

Gemma Bateson

JTI has named Gemma Bateson as the new Sales Director of its UK division, replacing Ross Hennessy.

Bateson has more than 10 years of experience working at JTI, starting in 2010 managing one of JTI’s Global Key Accounts. She continued her career as a General Manager and Director for JTI Worldwide Duty Free’s Middle East, Africa, and UK sectors, transitioning into Corporate Affairs and Communications Director for Worldwide Duty Free in 2016, and finally her most recent role as Head of Reduced Risk Products at JTI UK.

Prior to JTI, Bateson was a Sales Rep at BAT and then a National Sales Manager at Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods), where she continued her experience in a hands-on retailer-facing role. She now has over 15 years of sales and category management experience.

Gemma Bateson, Sales Director at JTI UK, commented: “I am thrilled to take on this next challenge at JTI UK, leading the business through its next chapter of sales growth and working with the talented UK team. I am determined to continue the already-successful trajectory, making the most of the opportunities brought by the rapidly changing tobacco and vaping industry, and using my prior experience to take the UK sales function to the next level.”