The primary responsibility of the Board of Directors is to foster the long-term success of the company. In fulfilling this role, each director exercises his or her good faith business judgment of the best interests of the company and its shareholders.

Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for establishing broad corporate policies, setting strategic direction, and overseeing management, which is responsible for Altria’s day-to-day operations. In fulfilling this role, each director must exercise his or her good faith business judgment in the best interests of the company.

The Board holds regular meetings typically in January, February, May, August, October and December and special meetings when necessary. The organizational meeting follows the Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

Contact the Board

View contact information for Altria Group's Board of Directors and read about our procedures for handling communications from shareholders and other interested parties.

John T. Casteen III

President Emeritus, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Dinyar S. Devitre

Former Chief Financial Officer, Altria Group, Inc., New York, NY

Thomas F. Farrell II

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dominion Energy, Inc., Richmond, VA

William F. Gifford, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer, Altria Group, Inc., Richmond, VA

Debra J. Kelly-Ennis

Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Diageo Canada, Inc., Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

W. Leo Kiely III

Retired Chief Executive Officer, MillerCoors LLC, Golden, CO

Kathryn B. McQuade

Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

George Muñoz

Principal, Muñoz Investment Banking Group, LLC, Washington, D.C., Partner, Tobin & Muñoz, Chicago, IL

Mark E. Newman

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Chemours Company, Wilmington, DE

Nabil Y. Sakkab

Retired Senior Vice President, Corporate Research and Development, The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH

Virginia E. Shanks

Former Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., Las Vegas, NV

Board Committees

The Board has established committees to help it perform its responsibilities.

The Board designates committee members and committee chairs at its annual organizational meeting following the Annual Meeting of Shareholders based on the recommendations of the Nominating, Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Committee. The Board has adopted charters for each of these committees.

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Independence of Directors

The Board is comprised of a substantial majority of directors that meet the independence requirements under New York Stock Exchange listing standards.

The Board has affirmatively determined that: John T. Casteen III, Dinyar S. Devitre, Thomas F. Farrell II, Debra J. Kelly-Ennis, W. Leo Kiely III, Kathryn B. McQuade, George Muñoz, Mark E. Newman, Nabil Y. Sakkab and Virginia E. Shanks are independent because each has no material relationship with the company. To assist it in making these determinations, the Board has adopted 
categorical standards of director independence.

Corporate Governance

Good corporate governance is a cornerstone of strong business performance. Our governance practices are transparent and intended to serve the best interests of the company and its shareholders.

Executive Compensation

Visit Altria's 2019 Proxy Statement to learn about Altria's compensation program.

Financial Accountability

We recognize that our responsibility to shareholders and investors is an essential part of our job.
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