Howard Willard is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Altria Group. Mr. Willard has served in numerous leadership positions during his more than 25-year career at Altria -- including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.
Most recently, Mr. Willard served as the Chief Operating Officer of Altria Group, overseeing Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton, Nat Sherman, Nu Mark, Altria Group Distribution Company, Consumer Insights and Engagement and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Since joining Philip Morris USA in 1992, Mr. Willard has held senior roles, including Finance, Sales, Information Services, Quality and Compliance, Corporate Responsibility and Strategy & Business Development. Mr. Willard has also served as a director of SAB Miller.
Before joining the Altria family of companies, Mr. Willard worked at Bain & Company and Salomon Brothers Inc.
A passionate believer in the power of diversity and inclusion, Mr. Willard is a signatory to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge and most recently sponsored Altria's young professional Employee Resource Group Spring.
Mr. Willard has a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Howard serves on the Management Roundtable and Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board of Vice Chairs, and is a member of the Catalyst CEOs Champions for Change and its Board of Directors.
Altria Group, Inc. (previously named Philip Morris Companies Inc.) is one of the world's largest tobacco and cigarette corporations. It is an American multinational corporation based in Henrico County, Virginia, United States of America; it is the parent company of Philip Morris USA, John Middleton, Inc., U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, Inc., Philip Morris Capital Corporation, and Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Philip Morris International was spun off in 2008. In addition, Altria Group, Inc. has a 28.7% economic and voting interest in one of the world's largest brewing companies, UK based SABMiller plc, where it has 3 seats on the 11-person board of directors. It is a component of the SP 500 and was a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average until February 19, 2008. The company has its headquarters in an unincorporated area within Henrico County, less than five miles west of the city limits of Richmond and less than ten miles from its downtown Richmond buildings.