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Pieter Sikkel Appointed CEO of Alliance One International, Inc.



       Pieter Sikkel Appointed CEO of Alliance One International, Inc.

PR Newswire

MORRISVILLE, N.C., Feb. 5, 2013

MORRISVILLE, N.C., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliance One International,
Inc. (NYSE:  AOI) today announced that Pieter Sikkel, current President of the
Company and a member of the Board of Directors, will assume the role of
President and Chief Executive Officer on March 1, 2013, and that Mark W.
Kehaya, currently Chairman of the Board of Directors and Interim Chief
Executive Officer, will continue as non-executive Chairman of the Board of
Directors and will assist in the transition. 

"This transition in leadership marks an end to our significant restructuring
that began in December of 2010, and the Company once again has a firm
foundation. We want to thank Mark for his leadership and efforts in driving
the restructuring and the refocusing of the business," said William Sheridan,
Lead Independent Director.

Mr. Kehaya added, "The Board of Directors and I are extremely pleased to
appoint Pieter to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer."  Mr.
Sikkel has served Alliance One and predecessor companies for over 30 years as
China Country Manager, Asia Regional Director, Executive Vice President –
Business Strategy and Relationship Management, and most recently as President
of the Company and a member of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Kehaya continued, "Pieter's exceptional experience, strategic insight and
extensive industry knowledge make him well positioned to lead our global team,
both to continue and expand on the Company's key initiatives and innovations,
and to further strengthen the Company's market position by delivering
additional value to our shareholders, customers and growers.  I would
personally like to thank all of our employees for their efforts, loyalty and
talents that they have brought to bear during the last two years."

Mr. Sikkel stated, "I'd like to thank Mark Kehaya for his excellent work
leading the restructuring of the Company.  As a result of his efforts,
Alliance One is in a substantially stronger position to address the varied
challenges and opportunities of this industry.  Alliance One remains firmly
focused on both the present and the future.  From seed, through leaf and
sales, we are committed to supplying the product type and quality that our
customers require, to providing the highest quality service, and to being the
lowest cost supplier in every market in which we operate.  In addition,
through our continued emphasis on agronomy ingenuity, we remain focused on
improving farmer income and sustainable global supply security. We have also
instituted programs that are targeted at reducing operating cycle and
improving financial metrics, and through such initiatives are seeking to
create and capitalize on opportunities that should enhance shareholder value."

Alliance One International, Inc. is a leading independent leaf tobacco
merchant serving the world's cigarette manufacturers.  For more information on
Alliance One, visit the Company's website at www.aointl.com.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements are based
on current expectations of future events.  Such statements include, but are
not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results,
plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are
not historical facts.  Such statements are based on the current beliefs and
expectations of management and are subject to significant risks and
uncertainties.  If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or known or unknown
risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results may differ materially from
those currently anticipated expected or projected.  The following factors,
among others, could cause actual results to differ from those expressed or
implied by the forward-looking statements: changes in the timing of
anticipated shipments, changes in anticipated geographic product sourcing,
political instability in sourcing locations, currency and interest rate
fluctuations, shifts in the global supply and demand position for tobacco
products, and the impact of regulation and litigation on customers. 
Additional factors that could cause AOI's results to differ materially from
those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements can be found in AOI's
most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the other filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") which are available at the
SEC's Internet site (http://www.sec.gov).

SOURCE Alliance One International, Inc.

Website: http://www.aointl.com
Contact: Joel L. Thomas, +1-919-379-4300
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