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James E. Dillard III Profile Photo

James E. Dillard III

​Senior Vice President, 
Research, Development and Sciences​, Chief Innovation Officer​
Altria Group, Inc​.
​Senior Vice President, 
Research, Development and Sciences​, Chief Innovation Officer​
Altria Group, Inc​.
Jim Dillard serves as Altria Group's Senior Vice President, Research, Development and Sciences and Chief Innovation Officer. He leads the Product Development, Regulatory Sciences, & Engineering departments in the creation of products and technologies for Altria’s tobacco operating companies. He also leads the execution of Altria’s innovation framework, strategies and the work related to building our companies’ innovation capabilities. 

Prior to his current position, Jim was Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for Altria Client Services. Jim also served as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Science and Technology, for U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC), an Altria Group operating company. He joined USSTC in December 2001.
 
Between 1987 and 2001, Jim worked for the FDA, where he last served as Director of the Division of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Devices. During his 14 years at the FDA, he held various leadership roles in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the Office of Device Evaluation, based in Rockville, Md.
 
Jim received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he also served as a board member for the Biomedical Engineering Department from 2000 to 2002. He serves on the Board of the Richmond Forum and is a past Board member of the CenterStage Foundation of Richmond.