President and CEO
Guy Meldrum was appointed President and CEO of Reynolds American, Inc., in September of 2020. In this role, he provides strategic leadership in one of the most dynamic, highly competitive markets in the world, and aligns the US business with BAT’s global strategy.
Meldrum’s experience with BAT spans more than 26 years and includes a number of senior roles in Australasia, the North Asia Area, Russia, and his most recent role on the BAT Management Board as the leader of the Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region.
A native of New Zealand, Meldrum earned a Bachelor of Economics degree from Macquarie University in Australia. He is an alumnus of the Programme for Executive Development, and the BPSE Programme, IMD Business School, Switzerland.
Meldrum enjoys reading and sports, particularly rugby and rowing, and keeps fit through walking and Pilates.
Michael P. Auger
Senior Vice President, Trade Marketing
Michael P. Auger (Mike) is president of RAI Trade Marketing Services Company. He assumed this position on Nov. 14, 2016. Previously he was executive vice president of trade marketing for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company from May 2011 to December 3, 2016.
Auger joined R. J. Reynolds in 2004 when the company merged with Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. Auger began his career with Brown & Williamson Tobacco in 1990 as a sales representative in Boston, Massachusetts. After several managerial promotions, he became area vice president, Midwest, in 2006. He assumed the role of vice president of trade marketing development in May 2011.
Auger is a native of Augusta, Maine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management & personnel management from Eckerd College. Auger is a member of the alumni board at Eckerd College.
Executive Vice President, Research & Development and Scientific & Regulatory Affairs
Jim Figlar was appointed executive vice president – research and development of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and executive vice president of RAI Services Company, managing scientific and regulatory affairs for RAI’s subsidiaries, on February 1, 2018.
Before assuming his current role, Figlar directed strategic and scientific research to support the whole of the RAI operating companies’ portfolio of products. He started his career in research and development at Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. in 1999 and joined R.J. Reynolds after the 2004 merger of the two companies.
Figlar earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental earth science from Eastern Connecticut State University, as well as a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts.
Senior Vice President, Marketing Intelligence & Insights
Todd Holbrook joined R.J. Reynolds in 1996 and has held a number positions in marketing, including the director of Camel’s consumer engagement programs, senior director of Pall Mall, and senior director of the Florida sales region. Later, as a senior director of Niconovum USA, he helped introduce the ZONNIC brand of nicotine-replacement-therapy gum.
Originally from Massachusetts, Todd attended Stetson University in Florida, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in marketing. He then worked at a marketing research firm in Boston. Realizing that his passion was in brand marketing, he earned his MBA at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem in 1996.
Nancy H. Hawley
Executive Vice President, Operations
Nancy H. Hawley was appointed executive vice president of operations at R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company on Oct. 1, 2015.
She had been senior vice president of operations since July 1, 2014. Prior to that, Hawley was the company’s vice president of manufacturing.
Hawley joined the company in 1984 as a staff engineer and had held a number of positions, including senior manager of process and transition planning working as a liaison between marketing and manufacturing, director of tobacco processing, senior director of manufacturing engineering, senior director of making and packing operations, and senior director of strategy and supply chain planning.
Hawley holds a professional engineering registration in North Carolina. She currently serves as a board member for the Foundation of Forsyth Tech and a board member of the Reynolds American Foundation. In addition, Nancy currently serves as a member of the United Way Basic Needs Impact Committee and serves on the Personnel Committee for First Baptist Church on Fifth. She is a past chair of the West Forsyth Family YMCA Board of Directors, past president of the Twin City Stage Board of Directors, and a past member of the King Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Nancy is also a past recipient of the Professional Engineers of North Carolina Young Engineer of the Year Award.
A native of Radford, Va., Hawley earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University.
Executive Vice President of Law and External Affairs and General Counsel of Reynolds American Inc.
Jeff Raborn is executive vice president of law and external affairs and general counsel of Reynolds American Inc.
Before assuming his role on March 1, 2018, Raborn was senior vice president, litigation and regulatory, and deputy general counsel at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJRT). He has been part of the law leadership team since 2008, when he was named vice president, litigation, and assistant general counsel at RJRT, working with smoking and health litigation.
Raborn started his career with Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company (B&W) in Louisville, Ky., 19 years ago as litigation counsel. He moved to Winston-Salem in 2004 when B&W merged with RJRT.
A native of Amite, La., Raborn earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a juris doctorate degree from Louisiana State University.