Daniel (Daan) M. Delen is president and chief executive officer of Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), and a member of the board of directors (Class III). He assumed these positions on March 1, 2011. Delen is also president of RAI Services Company, an RAI subsidiary, a position he assumed on Jan. 1, 2011.
Delen became president- and CEO-elect of Reynolds American on Jan. 1, 2011, after RAI announced that Susan M. Ivey, RAI chairman, president and CEO, would retire on Feb. 28, 2011.
Prior to that, Delen was chairman, president and chief executive officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the largest subsidiary of Reynolds American.
Before joining R.J. Reynolds as president in January 2007, Delen was the president of British American Tobacco Ltd. (BAT) - Japan.
Delen joined the BAT family of companies as a brand manager in Guatemala in 1989. In 1992, he became an international brand manager for BAT in London. He became marketing director in Singapore in 1994, moved to Chile as marketing director in 1995, and assumed that role in Argentina in 1996.
In January 2001, Delen was promoted to senior vice president of marketing and sales for BAT's U.S. subsidiary, Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. He became president of BAT's business unit in Japan in August 2004.
Prior to joining BAT, Delen began his marketing career with Sara Lee Corp. in London.
A native of the Netherlands, Delen earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a specialization in international business from Washington State University. Delen serves on the Wake Forest University board of trustees.