Advisory Board

To ensure that the 2014 Global Tobacco Networking Forum (GTNF) meets the tobacco and vapor industries’ needs even better than previous editions of the event, Tobacco Reporter has created an advisory board. Comprising industry leaders from various tobacco business segments and chaired by British American Tobacco’s David O’Reilly, the panel’s objective is to support the evolution of the GTNF into a world-class networking and knowledge-sharing forum. As part of its mission, the advisory board will provide insight and timely knowledge about upcoming trends to inform the conference program and help ensure that relevant political, legislative and regulatory developments are adequately covered. Tobacco Reporter is pleased to present its advisory board members below. The 2014 GTNF will take place Oct. 1–4 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, USA.


david oreillyDavid O’Reilly is British American Tobacco’s (BAT) group scientific director and chairman of the GTNF advisory board. He graduated from Imperial College, London, in 1991 with a Ph.D. in molecular virology. He continued to pursue this area of research when he joined Advanced Technologies Cambridge, a BAT subsidiary, where he studied the potential of genetic modification to introduce novel processing and agronomic traits into tobacco and other crops. O’Reilly has been a driving force behind BAT’s multidisciplinary R&D center in the U.K., the focus of which is a better understanding of the mechanisms of tobacco-related disease and the development of science-based products and technologies for safer alternatives to cigarettes.


kirsty green-mann

Kirsty Green-Mann is Imperial Tobacco Group’s head of corporate responsibility. Based in Bristol, U.K., her remit includes definition and implementation of the company’s responsibility strategy, stakeholder engagement, partnership and community investment, CR reporting and human rights. Green-Mann joined Imperial in 1998 and has held a variety of roles relating to technical support, product development, process improvement, quality management, project management, corporate affairs and company secretariat.



Mark Kehaya is chairman of the board of Alliance One International (AOI), a position he has held since December 2010. He served as interim CEO of AOI from December 2010 until February 2013. From April 1993 to March 2000, he was employed by Standard Commercial Corp., a predecessor company to AOI, serving as assistant to the president, finance director of the tobacco division, vice president for planning and CEO of Standard Commercial’s tobacco processing facility in St. Petersburg, Russia. Kehaya remains a founding partner at Meriturn Partners LLC, an investment firm specializing in restructurings and turnarounds of middle-market companies.


chris koddermannChris Koddermann is director of government affairs at Philip Morris International (PMI). Based at PMI’s operations center in Switzerland, Koddermann provides PMI regions and markets with strategic advice and support in the design and execution of regulatory and reduced-risk product campaigns. Prior to moving to Switzerland, Koddermann headed up the corporate affairs function for PMI’s Canadian affiliate, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges. Koddermann has worked as a public policy specialist and senior adviser to ministers in Canada’s federal and provincial governments. In addition, Koddermann has managed or been a senior adviser on a number of provincial and federal election campaigns.
patricia kovacevicPatricia Kovacevic is director of regulatory affairs and associate general counsel for Lorillard Tobacco Co. Kovacevic also directs the domestic and international regulatory and compliance strategy for recently acquired e-cigarette affiliate Blu. Under her direction, Lorillard secured the first-ever substantial equivalence orders for conventional cigarettes. Prior to joining Lorillard, Kovacevic was a partner at Patton Boggs and a senior counsel at Philip Morris International. In the past, she was a United Nations staff member, served on the U.N.’s Public-Private Partnership Commission and was also an adviser to the Council for Burley Tobacco.
A.Kryvosheyev 030Alexander Kryvosheyev was appointed vice president, corporate affairs, for Japan Tobacco International in February. A Ukrainian national, Kryvosheyev joined R.J. Reynolds International in 1994 in Kiev as public relations specialist and transferred to JTI’s headquarters in Geneva in 2002, holding various positions in the corporate affairs and regulatory affairs departments. Kryvosheyev holds a degree from a foreign languages institute in Kiev, where he also started his career in 1987.
mike ligonMike Ligon is vice president of Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., responsible for worldwide management of government and corporate affairs. He focuses on regulatory issues related to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as well as trade agreements under the World Trade Organization. Ligon joined Universal in 1982. His previous positions include president of Universal’s CASA Export, president of America’s Harvest and sales director for Universal Leaf North America. Ligon serves on the tobacco industry-related boards of Eliminate Child Labor in Tobacco and the TMA as well as three other nonprofit organizations in the Richmond, Virginia, USA, area.
marina murphyMarina Murphy is international scientific affairs manager at British American Tobacco (BAT) and secretary of the GTNF advisory board. She joined BAT in 2008 as scientific communications manager and became the driving force behind a communications strategy designed to reflect BAT’s transparent approach to scientific communication. The strategy‘s goal is to provide clear communication and engender debate on the company’s ambitious tobacco harm-reduction research program, including the creation of lower-risk tobacco products. Prior to joining BAT, she was a science journalist.
michiel reerinkMichiel Reerink is global regulatory strategy vice president at Japan Tobacco International (JTI). He started his career in the tobacco industry in 1996 at a tobacco trade association in the Netherlands. In 2001, he joined a major tobacco company to take responsibility for corporate affairs in the Netherlands, Benelux and Germany. In 2004, he established the company’s EU affairs office in Brussels and subsequently led its EU engagement. In 2010, Reerink joined JTI at the Geneva, Switzerland, headquarters to head the global regulatory strategy department, which leads JTI’s strategy and responses to emerging global priority issues, including plain packaging.
mike ogdenMike Ogden is RAI Services’ senior director for regulatory oversight, based in North Carolina, USA. Ogden is responsible for scientific and regulatory advocacy and engagement for all Reynolds American tobacco operating companies. Previously, Ogden was in charge of various R&D programs for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., including those related to environmental tobacco smoke, measuring smoke uptake in smokers through the use of biomarkers, smoking behavior research, clinical studies, regulatory compliance activities, and scientific and regulatory strategy.
jim solystJim Solyst is director of federal government affairs with Swedish Match North America. He directs the company’s modified-risk tobacco products process and engages the tobacco control, public health and scientific communities. During his time in Washington, Solyst worked with agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Office of Management and Budget. He has also worked with the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Solyst is a member of the Food Drug Law Institute Tobacco Committee and the American Chemical Society Committee on Environmental Improvement.
ron tullyRon Tully is National Tobacco Co.’s (NTC) vice president of public affairs and new projects. He is responsible for FDA regulatory issues as well as federal, state and local legislative issues and industry trade relations. Tully also serves on the steering groups of the Coalition of Independent Tobacco Manufacturers of America and the Small Business Cigar Coalition. He is a board member of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets and the Pipe Tobacco Council. In addition to his regulatory responsibilities, Tully also identifies and develops new business opportunities for NTC worldwide. Previously Tully worked for Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. and the International Tobacco Documentation Center in London.