chairman and CEO, Altria
Howard A. Willard III is the chairman and chief executive officer of Altria Group. Howard has served in numerous leadership positions during his more than 25-year career at Altria Group, including chief operating officer, chief financial officer and executive vice president of strategy and business development.
In his role as the chief operating officer of Altria Group, Willard oversaw Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co., John Middleton, Nat Sherman, Nu Mark, Altria Group Distribution Company, Consumer Insights and Engagement, and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.
Willard also previously served as Philip Morris USA’s senior vice president of youth smoking prevention and corporate responsibility, leading the company’s significant efforts and investments to help prevent underage tobacco use.
A passionate believer in the power of diversity and inclusion, he is a signatory to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge.
Before joining the Altria family of companies, Willard worked at Bain & Company and Salomon Brothers. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.