People: Altria Group Inc (MO)
24 Oct 2014
William Gifford serves as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Altria Group. He leads Altria’s efforts to identify, develop and act on strategic growth opportunities and has held this position since November 2013. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Philip Morris USA where he oversaw PM USA and John Middleton. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Treasurer for Altria. In this role, Billy led various groups at Altria Client Services including: Risk Management, Treasury Management, Benefits Investments, Corporate Finance and Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis. Since joining PM USA in 1994 as an accountant, Billy has held different leadership positions in the company’s Finance department in Richmond, Va. and New York City. This includes serving as Vice President and Controller, Finance Decision Support, as well as various roles within budgets and financial planning. Billy also previously served as Vice President, Market Information. Prior to PM USA, Billy worked at the public accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand, which currently is known as PricewaterhouseCoopers. Active in the community, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.
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