Murray S. Kessler

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Murray S. Kessler
Nationality American
Education Villanova University
New York University Stern School of Business
Occupation President, Chairman and CEO of the Lorillard Tobacco Company

Murray S. Kessler is an American businessman. He has worked in the food and tobacco industries. He currently serves as the president, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Lorillard Tobacco Company (NYSELO).


Early life[edit]

He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University and a Master's in Business Administration in Marketing and Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business.[1][2][3]


He started his career at the Campbell Soup Company (NYSECPB) and Clorox (NYSECLX).[1][4] He served as vice president of sales and marketing of Pace Foods, a division of Campbell Soup, from September 1995 to October 1997.[2] He served as general manager of the Swanson Division of Campbell Soup from October 1997 to March 1998.[2] He served as vice president of Pinnacle Foods (NYSEPF) from March 1998 to December 1999.[2]

He served as president of the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (UST) from April 2000 to October 2005, and as its president and chief operating officer from November 2005 to December 2006.[1][2] He served as its president and chief executive officer from January 2007 to 2009.[1][2] Additionally, from 2008 to 2009, he served as its chairman.[1][2]

From 2009 to 2010, he served as vice chair of Altria (NYSEMO).[1][2][4]

In September 2010, he joined the Lorillard Tobacco Company as president and chief executive officer, as well as member of its board of directors, replacing Martin L. Orlowsky.[1][2][3] Additionally, he has served as its chairman since January 1, 2011.[1] In 2012, he earned US$3.2 million.[3]

In 2012, he donated money to Republicans like Mitt Romney for the presidency, Chris Shays for congressman, Howard Coble for senator, George Allen for senator, Mitch McConnell for senator, as well as Democrats like Kay Hagan for Senator, and Susan Bysiewicz for Secretary of State of Connecticut.[5]