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

Executive Chairman, 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

Ellen R. Strahlman

Retired Executive Vice President, Research & Development and Chief Medical Officer, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Franklin Lakes, NJ

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, Virginia E. Shanks and Ellen R. Strahlman 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 and operating with integrity. Our governance practices are intended to serve the best interests of the company and its shareholders through vigorous internal controls and decision making processes and promoting a culture of compliance and integrity. We further advance our corporate governance through a focus on board independence and board and employee diversity; a commitment to stakeholder engagement, responsiveness and transparency; financial accountability and policies aligned with our sustainability goals and initiatives.

Executive Compensation

Visit Altria's 2020 Proxy Statement to learn about Altria's compensation program.
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Corporate Responsibility

The tobacco industry is changing, requiring us to continuously listen to stakeholders, adjust business practices and communicate our progress. Learn more about our responsibility initiatives here and in our 2019 CR Progress Report.
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Political Activities Compliance & Integrity

We maintain a robust political activity compliance and integrity program that comprehensively addresses our companies' political and public policy activities. Learn more about this program here and explore our Federal and State lobbying disclosures and our political contribution disclosures.

Financial Accountability

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