February 19, 2017 12:40 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 Commercial Officer
Age: 43
Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Age: 58
Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President
Age: 55
Senior Vice President of Research & Development
Age: 55
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Key Developments

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Appoints Joseph P. Fragnito as President and Chief Commercial Officer

On October 19, 2016, Reynolds American Inc. announced that, commencing October 24, 2016, Joseph P. Fragnito will join R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company as its President and Chief Commercial Officer. Mr. Fragnito, age 43, served as the President of the U.S. Beverages and Snack Nuts business unit of The Kraft Heinz Company (a food and beverage company) from June 2015 to August 2016.

Federal Appeals Court Hands R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Victory in Age-Discrimination Lawsuit

A federal appellate court has rejected the main legal argument of a Georgia man who sued R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and two job-search groups for age discrimination in his attempt to gain work as a territory manager. The full Eleventh Appeals Court ruled Wednesday that an applicant, in this case Richard Villarreal, could not sue an employer for "disparate" impact because an applicant "has no status as an employee." isparate impact is defined as policies, practices, rules or other systems that appear to be neutral, but result in a disproportionate impact on protected groups. At the time of Villarreal's first attempt at gaining employment with Reynolds, the screening process featured guidelines that included age. Villarreal's complaint could have had significant legal implications because approval of his claim of disparate impact could have opened the door to addressing ambiguity within the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Villarreal was supported in his complaint by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Reynolds and Philip Morris USA Face Damages in Engle Case

A Florida jury awarded $6.1 million in compensatory damages to the widow of a smoker who died in 2000 from smoking-related lung cancer that spread to his brain. Marilyn Oshinsky-Blacker, sued R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA, claiming they conspired to hide the dangers of smoking that she said led to the death of her husband, Dennis. The manufacturers disputed the cause of death, saying he developed a form of lung cancer not related to smoking. The jury in the Engle progeny cases said that punitive damages may be warranted. Typically, when victims are assigned a significant amount of the fault for their illness, the jury does not award punitive damages. In this case, the jury placed 60% of the blame against Philip Morris, valued at $3.66 million, as well as 25% against Reynolds, valued at $1.52 million, and 15% on Oshinsky. The Reynolds percentage may be reduced or eliminated on appeal, given that Courtroom View Network reported there was no evidence Oshinsky smoked Reynolds products.

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