Director since June 12, 2015 (Class III)
Murray S. Kessler joined RAI’s board as a director in June 2015. He is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lorillard, Inc., which was acquired by Reynolds American Inc. on June 12, 2015.
Mr. Kessler joined Lorillard in September of 2010 as director, president and chief executive officer, and assumed the role of chairman of the board on January 1, 2011. Prior to joining Lorillard, Mr. Kessler was vice chair of Altria Group, Inc. and president and chief executive officer of UST LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary. Mr. Kessler held this position from January 2009 through June 2009, the six months following the acquisition of UST, Inc. (UST) by Altria.
Prior to 2009, Mr. Kessler had served as chairman of the board of UST, the principal businesses of which included U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, since January 2008, and as president and chief executive officer of UST since January 2007. He was president and chief operating officer of UST from November 2005 to December 2006, and was president of USSTC from April 2000 through October 2005. Prior to joining UST, Mr. Kessler had over 18 years of consumer packaged goods experience with companies, including Campbell Soup and Clorox.
Mr. Kessler currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of the Greensboro United Way and the U.S. Equestrian Federation, and serves on the Advisory Board and Executive Committee for the Villanova University Marketing and Public Policy Center.