British-American Tobacco has filled its vacant UK public affairs manager post by appointing Martin Summers.
Until last week, Summers was government and regulatory affairs manager for drugs and retail pharmaceuticals giant Merck, Sharp and Dohme, the UK subsidiary of the New York-listed Merck and Co.
At BAT, the world's second largest tobacco firm behind Philip Morris, he reports to head of international political affairs Andreas Vecchiet.
He takes charge of government and stakeholder relations across the UK for BAT, which makes cigarettes under 320 different brand names in 180 countries. Its cigarette brands available in this country include Benson & Hedges, Rothmans and Dunhill.
He filled the role for four years. Before that, Summers was policy adviser to ProShare, which promotes share ownership. He has also worked at Westminster Communications, now part of Incepta-owned Citigate group.
Summers replaces Simon Milson, who has moved to a global role within BAT.
The company, of which former Tory Chancellor of The Exchequer Ken Clarke is deputy chairman, made more than pounds 20 billion worth of sales last year.
BAT's media relations function is separate from public affairs; it is under the control of corporate communications director Fran Morrison.