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November 26, 2015 6:52 PM ET


Company Overview of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Company Overview

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company manufactures and markets cigarettes for adult tobacco consumers in the United States. It offers its products through a network of retailers and wholesalers. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company was formerly known as Brown & Williamson U.S.A., Inc. The company was founded in 1875 and is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company operates as a subsidiary of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc.

401 North Main Street

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

United States

Founded in 1875





Key Executives for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

President and Chief Operating Officer
Age: 44
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations
Age: 57
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Age: 57
Senior Vice President of Research & Development
Age: 54
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Key Developments

RJR Tobacco Announces Unaudited Earnings Results for the Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015

RJR Tobacco announced unaudited earnings results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015. For the quarter, the company reported operating income increased 54.4% from the prior-year quarter, to $1.1 billion, benefiting from the addition of the Newport brand, higher cigarette pricing and the expiration of the federal tobacco-quota buyout program last year. Adjusted operating income was $1.2 billion, up 64.6%. Adjusted results exclude charges for implementation costs and Engle progeny lawsuits. RJR Tobacco’s performance was driven by its powerful key brands in the third quarter. For the nine months, operating income to $2.4 billion, up 26.0% from the prior-year period. Adjusted operating income was $2.7 billion, up 35.3%. Adjusted results exclude the above-referenced items, as well as a benefit from the 2003 NPM adjustment claim and charges for tobacco-related and other litigation.

Avera & Smith Secures $34 Million Tobacco Case Judgment Against R.J. Reynolds for Family of Deceased Lung Cancer Victim

Pensacola Circuit Court jury has returned a $34 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds tobacco company on behalf of the family of Garry O'Hara, a man who passed away from lung cancer at age 50 subsequent to quitting smoking at age 35. The legal claim was made by Mr. O'Hara's widow and two of his three children as an Engle Progeny class action case, in which nicotine-addicted Florida residents or their families are eligible to sue tobacco companies for cases diagnosed between 1990 and 1996.

Reynolds American Inc. Announces Executive Changes at Both RAI and its Largest Subsidiary, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Effective Oct. 1, 2015

Debra A. Crew, currently president and chief commercial officer of R.J. Reynolds, will become president and chief operating officer of the company. She will assume management responsibility for the company's manufacturing operations and research and development functions, in addition to her ongoing responsibility for the consumer and trade marketing functions. Nancy H. Hawley, currently senior vice president of operations at R.J. Reynolds, will be promoted to executive vice president of operations for the company. Daniel J. Herko, currently senior vice president of research and development for R.J. Reynolds, will be promoted to executive vice president of research and development for the company. When Crew assumes her new responsibilities on Oct. 1, Jeffery S. Gentry, currently R.J. Reynolds’ executive vice president of operations and chief scientific officer, will move to a project role overseeing the ongoing integration of Lorillard operations into subsidiaries of RAI.

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