Howard Willard serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Altria Group and oversees Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton, Nu Mark, Altria Group Distribution Company and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.
He previously held the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Since joining Philip Morris USA in 1992, Howard has held senior roles, including Finance, Sales, Information Services, Quality and Compliance, Corporate Responsibility and Strategy & Business Development. He oversaw the successful acquisition and integration of UST (including its U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates subsidiaries) and John Middleton.
Before joining the Altria family of companies, Howard worked at Bain & Company and Salomon Brothers Inc.
He has a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Howard serves on the Board of the Virginia Business Council.