Executive Management

Alex Mackay

Mr. Mackay currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Premium Group: Tobacco Operations. He is involved in the strategic, commercial and operational changes required to ensure ongoing group development. Prior to his current role, he has held various senior positions in the Group including Executive Vice-President, Managing Director of Premium Leaf Zimbabwe, Managing Director of Premium Tobacco Asia and the Managing Director of the Groups operations in Malawi.

Prior to Joining the Premium Tobacco Group end of 2006, Mr Mackay held senior positions within the tobacco industry. His work experience covers Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Philip Mainetti

Mr. Mainetti currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Premium Group: Corporate Strategy and Diversified Operations. Mr. Mainetti previously served as Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of Premium in Tanzania, since the inception of the company there in 2008.

Prior to joining the Premium Tobacco Group, Mr. Mainetti held various senior management roles in the leaf tobacco and tobacco manufacturing sectors. He has over 30 years’ experience in the industry and has worked in Africa and Asia.

Andre Konzen

Mr. Konzen serves as Chief Financial Officer of The Premium Group and has primary responsibility for the planning, implementation, managing and running of all the finance activities of the group, including business planning, budgeting, forecasting and negotiations. Mr. Konzen previously held the position of EVP – Director of Finance (Operations) and prior to that various finance roles in the Premium Group’s subsidiaries in Brazil, the UK and the UAE.

Prior to joining the Premium Group in 2004, Mr. Konzen worked in the banking industry in Brazil. Mr. Konzen is a member of the Accountants and Auditors Association of the UAE.

Adilson Schaefer

Mr. Schaefer is the Managing Director of Premium’s Brazilian operation and joined the group in September 2019. His current focus is on aiming to both consolidate the existing customer base and expand the base, in addition to strengthening the presence in the local communities through supporting and developing a strong farmer base.

Mr Schaefer has 30 years leaf tobacco industry experience in Brazil. Prior to joining the Premium Group, Mr. Schaefer held senior positions in the industry.

Grant Campbell

Mr Campbell is the Managing Director of Premium Leaf Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd (PLZ). Prior to this appointment, he was the Commercial Director responsible for leaf and sales since PLZ was formed in 2016. Prior to this Mr Campbell held various senior position within the Zimbabwe tobacco industry, primarily being involved in the purchasing and sales of leaf and dealing with all major manufacturing customers.

Mr Campbell has also industry experience in various Asian countries.

Walter Pohl

Mr. Pohl is the Managing Director of Premium Malawi, a position he has held since 2015. Mr Pohl joined Premium in 2007 and was the Premium Thailand Country Manager and the Premium Asia Sales and Operations Director prior to his current position.

Mr Pohl has over 35 years leaf tobacco industry experience in various positions, including senior management roles and has extensive working expertise in Africa, Asia and in South America.

Harry Klonaridis

Mr. Klonaridis is currently the Managing Director of Premium Active Tanzania Limited and has held this position since April 2021.

Prior to this role, Mr. Klonaridis held a multitude of diverse roles within the Premium Tobacco Group from February 2016, primarily focusing on group sustainability and Tanzanian tobacco operations.  r. Klonaridis started his tobacco career with a cigarette manufacturer in 2013.

David Hickman

Mr. Hickman is a founder shareholder and the EVP – Commercial Director. He has held senior sales roles since inception of the Group. His focus has primarily been on sales into the Asian region and developing this growing and important portfolio for the Group.

Prior to the start-up of the Premium Group in 2002, Mr Hickman held senior management roles in the leaf tobacco industry. His work experience covers the America’s, Europe and Asia.

Shane Heppell

Mr. Heppell is the EVP – Leaf Director and heads up the global sales team for the Premium Group. Mr. Heppell joined Premium in 2006 as the Sales Manager and assistant to the then Group Sales Director.

Prior to joining Premium Mr. Heppell held senior sales positions within the leaf tobacco industry and has over 35 years’ experience in the industry, starting as a trainee in Zimbabwe. He has worked extensively in Africa, Europe and Asia.

Grant Readings

Mr. Readings is a SVP – Commercial Director, responsible for sales into the Middle East, North Africa and European regions. Mr. Reading is a shareholder and joined the Premium Group in 2013.

Mr. Readings has 30 years tobacco industry experience and has worked in a number of operational, commercial and management roles, with experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Paul Gardiner

Mr. Gardiner is the EVP-Treasury, and has held this position since 2008. He is primarily responsible for all banking relationships, development of the groups borrowing strategies, insurance and cash flow management.

Prior to joining the Premium Group in 2008, Mr Gardiner held senior treasury management roles within the tobacco industry covering Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America.

John Milliken

Mr. Milliken is a SVP – Commercial Director, with a focus on added value product development and sales, as well as new business development. Mr Milliken joined the Premium Group in 2018.

Mr. Milliken has 30 years tobacco industry experience and has worked in a number of operational, commercial and management roles, with experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Travis Effting

Mr. Effting is the SVP Global Financial Controller for the Premium Tobacco Group. He is currently responsible for the oversight of the Group’s financial reporting environment. Mr. Effting joined in 2013 as a Regional Finance Officer for Africa and has subsequently held various financial roles within the Group.

Before joining Premium, Mr. Effting acquired diverse experience within the Financial Services industry and Auditing profession in the USA and South Africa.