Lorillard Hires Former FDA Official

Wilcox joins tobacco company as senior vice president, chief compliance officer

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Lorillard Inc., the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States, has announced the appointment of Dr. Neil L. Wilcox, a former U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) science policy analyst, as senior vice president of product-related regulations and chief compliance officer.

In the newly created role, Wilcox will oversee and manage regulatory affairs, including plans to achieve regulatory compliance with federal regulations such as the Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act.

"Neil Wilcox brings a commanding knowledge [image-nocss] of regulatory affairs to Lorillard, where he will help build out a robust regulatory function to meet the requirements of the federal tobacco law and FDA regulations," said Murray S. Kessler, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lorillard.

Wilcox comes to Lorillard from the FDA, where he spent 13 years as a science and regulatory expert, most recently as science policy analyst in the Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition since 2008.

From 1990 to 1999 his work at the FDA included serving as senior science policy officer in the Office of Science, Office of the Commissioner. He left the FDA in 1999 to serve as director of global regulatory affairs at The Gillette Co. and then as vice president of global regulatory and scientific affairs at Kimberly-Clark Corp. At both corporations his role included developing and implementing plans to achieve global regulatory compliance for a range of products.

Lorillard, through its Lorillard Tobacco Co. subsidiary, is the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States. Founded in 1760, Lorillard is the oldest continuously operating tobacco company in the U.S. Newport, Lorillard's flagship menthol-flavored premium cigarette brand, is the top selling menthol and second largest selling cigarette in the United States. In addition to Newport, the Lorillard product line has four additional brand families marketed under the Kent, True, Maverick and Old Gold brand names. These five brands include 43 different product offerings which vary in price, taste, flavor, length and packaging. Lorillard maintains its headquarters and manufactures all of its products in Greensboro, N.C.

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