Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) has announced the appointment of Gregoire Verdeaux to the position of Senior Vice President External Affairs, according to a company press release.
Mr. Verdeaux holds degrees from Universite D’Auvergne, University of Oklahoma and Sciences Po and joins PMI from Hering Schuppener, where he was a partner. According to PMI’s press release, he has a wealth of expertise in the public and NGO sectors, serving as deputy head of the cabinet of the French President, administrator to the French senate and cabinet adviser to the minister of Foreign Affairs and to the European Commission. Mr. Verdeaux also held the positions of director, strategy and finance, Unitaid, for the World Health Organization and manager in the United Nations Development Program.
Mr. Verdeaux will take up his role on 1 September 2020 and will report to the company’s CEO, André Calantzopoulos.
“Gregoire’s range of experiences—from working for national and E.U. parliaments and governments, the U.N., WHO, as well as private companies undergoing significant transformation—has given him a unique understanding of how political decisions are made. This makes him an ideal candidate to join us at PMI and help adapt the regulatory environment applicable to reduced risk products, as we continue our transformation to a smoke-free company,” said Mr. Calantzopoulos.