Debra A. Crew is president and CEO of RAI, having assumed the role on Jan. 1, 2017 and previously served as president and chief operating officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, RAI's largest subsidiary. She is also a member of the RAI board.
Crew was appointed president and chief commercial officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company on Oct. 1, 2014, and her title changed to president and chief operating officer a year later. Prior to joining R.J. Reynolds, Crew was the president and general manager of PepsiCo North America Nutrition. She joined PepsiCo in 2010 as president of the Western Europe region of PepsiCo Europe. In 2012, she was named president of PepsiCo Americas Beverage, and in 2014, she was appointed president and general manager of PepsiCo North America Nutrition.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Crew was general manager of grocery brands and U.S. pet-care products for Mars, Incorporated. Before joining Mars, she held a number of marketing positions at both Nestle S.A. and Kraft Foods, Inc.
Crew served in the U.S. Army from 1993 to 1997, rising to the rank of captain and military intelligence officer. She serves on the board of directors of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Crew has a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from the University of Denver and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.