Altria CEO and Executives

Executive Summary. Based on our data team's research, William F. Gifford is the Altria's CEO. Altria has 8,300 employees, of which 51 are in a leadership position.

Here are further demographic highlights of the leadership team:

  • The Altria executive team is 39% female and 61% male.
  • 65% of the management team is White.
  • 11% of Altria management is Hispanic or Latino.
  • 10% of the management team is Black or African American.

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William F. Gifford

Chief Executive Officer

Billy Gifford serves as CEO, Altria Group. In this role, Billy is responsible for overseeing Altria's core tobacco businesses, sales and distribution business, Consumer & Market Insights team, business analytics and the Finance and Procurement functions.<br/><br/> <br/><br/>Billy was promoted to CEO in April 2020. Prior to his current position, Billy was CFO and Vice Chairman of the Board, and prior to that, her served as Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development. Since joining Philip Morris USA in 1994, Billy has served in numerous leadership roles in Finance, Marketing Information & Consumer Research and as President and Chief Executive Officer of PM USA. Prior to that, ​he was Vice President and Treasurer for Altria Group where he led various functions including Risk Management, Treasury Management, Benefits Investments, Corporate Finance and Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis.<br/><br/> <br/><br/>Prior to joining PM USA, Billy worked at the public accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand, which currently is known as PricewaterhouseCoopers.<br/><br/> <br/><br/>Billy serves on the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev and is a Trustee to Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business​​.​​

Philip Morris

Founder

Jody L. Begley

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

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Jody Begley serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Altria Group. In his role, he oversees the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of our companies' tobacco products and various functions supporting those operations.<br/><br/> <br/><br/>Jody has over 25 years with Altria and brings extensive sales, marketing and strategy experience from across Altria's family of companies. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Senior Vice President, Tobacco Products for Altria Group overseeing Altria's core tobacco businesses as well as Engineering, Quality and Product Development support and Consumer & Marketplace Insights. Jody also served as President and General Manager of Nu Mark, leading the company's development and marketing of innovative tobacco products for adult smokers and vapers. He joined Philip Morris USA in 1995 and has held various leadership positions including Vice President, Brand Management; Vice President, Strategy & Business Development; Vice President, Marketing & Promotion Services; Vice President, Brand Management, Smokeless; Vice President, Brand Management, Philip Morris USA and Vice President, Customer & Marketing Services, AGDC.<br/><br/>Jody is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1993, and an M.B.A. in 1995. He serves on the Board of Directors for Cronos Group and the Boys & Girls Clubs in the metro Richmond area.

Kathryn B. McQuade

Board Member

Charles N. Whitaker

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

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As Altria Group's Chief Human Resources Officer, Charlie Whitaker is responsible for leading the talent strategy for Altria and its family of companies, including our recruiting, leadership development, total rewards, inclusion and diversity, and transformation efforts, all with the goal of growing Altria's leadership advantage through our people and culture. As Chief Compliance Officer, Charlie oversees Altria's compliance and integrity program.<br/><br/>Charlie has served in these or related capacities since 2009. Before that, Charlie served as Vice President, Compliance and Brand Integrity for Philip Morris USA and Assistant General Counsel for Labor & Employment and Compliance. Charlie began his career with Philip Morris USA's Law Department in April 2002 as Senior Counsel for Labor & Employment.<br/><br/>Before joining PM USA, Charlie worked with the law firm of Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Va.<br/><br/>Charlie graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in history. He also received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. He is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Valentine, a Richmond history museum, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Debra J. Kelly-Ennis

Board Member

W. Leo Kiely III

Board Member

George Munoz

Board Member

Heather Newman

Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer

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Ellen R. Strahlman

Board Member

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Philip Morris

Founder

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William F. Gifford

Chief Executive Officer

Billy Gifford serves as CEO, Altria Group. In this role, Billy is responsible for overseeing Altria's core tobacco businesses, sales and distribution business, Consumer & Market Insights team, business analytics and the Finance and Procurement functions.<br/><br/> <br/><br/>Billy was promoted to CEO in April 2020. Prior to his current position, Billy was CFO and Vice Chairman of the Board, and prior to that, her served as Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development. Since joining Philip Morris USA in 1994, Billy has served in numerous leadership roles in Finance, Marketing Information & Consumer Research and as President and Chief Executive Officer of PM USA. Prior to that, ​he was Vice President and Treasurer for Altria Group where he led various functions including Risk Management, Treasury Management, Benefits Investments, Corporate Finance and Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis.<br/><br/> <br/><br/>Prior to joining PM USA, Billy worked at the public accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand, which currently is known as PricewaterhouseCoopers.<br/><br/> <br/><br/>Billy serves on the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev and is a Trustee to Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business​​.​​

Kathryn B. McQuade

Board Member

Debra J. Kelly-Ennis

Board Member

W. Leo Kiely III

Board Member

George Munoz

Board Member

Ellen R. Strahlman

Board Member

Ian Leigh Theodore Clarke

Board Member

Mario Max Yzaguirre

Board Member

Marjorie M. Connelly

Board Member

Nabil Y. Sakkab

Board Member

Altria Leadership Demographics

Altria Gender Distribution in Management Team

  • The Altria executive team is 39% female and 61% male.
  • Altria is 43% female and 57% male company-wide.

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61%
Company-wide: 57%
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Female
39%
Company-wide: 43%

Altria Executives by Race

Management Team:

  • The most common ethnicity among Altria executive officers is White.
  • 65% of the management team is White.
  • 11% of Altria's management is Hispanic or Latino.
  • 10% of the management team is Black or African American.
Company-wide:
  • White is the most common ethnicity company-wide.
  • 59% of employees are White.
  • 13% of employees are Black or African American.
  • 13% of employees are Hispanic or Latino.

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