Auger Promoted to EVP of Trade Marketing for RJR

Replacing retiring Stowe on Jan. 1; Uffindell, Gaskin move up

Michael Auger RJR (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Tobacco)

Michael Auger

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Michael P. Auger, currently vice president of trade marketing development for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., will be promoted to executive vice president of trade marketing, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Auger will replace Robert D. Stowe, who has announced his plan to retire at the end of 2014.

"Mike has 24 years of experience in trade marketing with RAI's operating companies and has strong relationships both externally with R.J. Reynolds' customers, as well as within the trade marketing organization," said Andrew D. Gilchrist, president and chief commercial officer of R.J. Reynolds. "I have no doubt that he will be very successful in his new role as we continue our mission to transform the tobacco industry," Gilchrist said.

Gilchrist also expressed his thanks to Stowe for his years of service to RAI and its operating companies. "Rob will be greatly missed by our organization," Gilchrist said. "Rob has made a tremendous impact on our company and its people during his 33 years in the company. Under his leadership, our trade marketing organization has transformed into a world-class team, and it now provides R.J. Reynolds a distinct competitive advantage in our industry. We thank him for his dedication to the company and wish him all the best in retirement," Gilchrist said.

Colin M. Uffindell, currently an area vice president of trade marketing for R.J. Reynolds, will become vice president of trade marketing development for the company, replacing Auger. The company has promoted Chris Gaskin, currently senior director of consumer marketing for R.J. Reynolds, to area vice president of trade marketing, replacing Uffindell.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, an indirect subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., is the second-largest tobacco company in the United States. R.J. Reynolds' brands include two of the best-selling cigarettes in the U.S.: Camel and Pall Mall. In manufactures these and its other brands, including Winston, Kool, Doral, Salem, Misty and Capri, in a variety of styles and markets them in the United States.