Willie J. McKinney, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., serves as Vice President, Regulatory Sciences, for Altria Client Services (ALCS) in Richmond, Va. In this role, he leads a team that develops scientific evaluation and regulatory science strategies for Altria's family of companies. Dr. McKinney also serves on FDA’s Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee as the non-voting representative of the tobacco manufacturing industry.
Dr. McKinney has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities within the Altria family of companies. He served as Senior Director, Product Integrity and Regulatory Reporting, where he led a team that developed scientific evaluation and regulatory submission strategies for Altria's family of companies; Director, Strategic Product Planning, where he provided operational and strategic support; Senior Manager, Cellular & Molecular Biology Group, and as a visiting scientist at the Institut fur Biologische Forschung GmbH (INBIFO) Koln, Germany.
Before joining the Altria family of companies in 1998, Dr. McKinney held a variety of academic and research roles, including working as an associate research scientist at the Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine, NYU Medical Center, Tuxedo, N.Y., and as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Environmental Medicine and Lung Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also held toxicology intern and research assistant roles with several government agencies.
Dr. McKinney is board certified in toxicology by the American Board of Toxicology, has published numerous professional articles related to his research and work, and has presented before various scientific organizations.
He serves on the Higher Achievement Board and the Richmond Higher Achievement Advisory Board.