Murray S. Kessler
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Murray S. Kessler joined Lorillard in September of 2010 as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, and assumed the role of Chairman of the Board on January 1, 2011. Prior to joining Lorillard, Mr. Kessler was Vice Chair of Altria Group, Inc. and President and Chief Executive Officer of UST LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary. Mr. Kessler held this position from January 2009 through June 2009, the six months following the acquisition of UST, Inc. (“UST”) by Altria. Prior to 2009, Mr. Kessler had served as Chairman of the Board of UST, the principal businesses of which included U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (“USSTC”) and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, since January 2008 and President and Chief Executive Officer of UST since January 2007. He was President and Chief Operating Officer from November 2005 to December 2006 and was President of USSTC from April 2000 through October 2005. Prior to joining UST, Mr. Kessler had over 18 years of consumer packaged goods experience with companies, including Campbell Soup and Clorox. Mr. Kessler earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University and an M.B.A. in marketing and finance from New York University’s Stern School.