Susan M. Cameron became executive chair of the Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) board on Jan. 1, 2017, after previously serving as the company’s president and chief executive officer.
Cameron was the president and CEO of RAI, and a member of the board, from 2004 until her retirement in February 2011. She was the board chairman from January 2006 through October 2010. After retiring from both the company and board in 2011, she rejoined the RAI board as a director on Dec. 5, 2013. Cameron returned as president and CEO in May 2014 and served in those positions through December 2016.
From 2001 to 2004, she was president and CEO of Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. When Brown & Williamson and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. combined their U.S. businesses in 2004, Cameron was named president and CEO of the new parent company, Reynolds American. She joined Brown & Williamson in 1981 as a sales representative, and worked in numerous international and domestic marketing roles during her tenure.
Cameron also serves as a non-executive director on the board of Tupperware Brands Corporation, and serves as a member of Wake Forest University's School of Business board of visitors.
Cameron received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in business administration Bellarmine University.
Cameron has been active in a number of women’s leadership initiatives, and during her previous tenure as RAI’s CEO was recognized multiple times by publications including Forbes magazine, FORTUNE magazine and the Financial Times as one of the most powerful women in business.