VP, Chief Transformation Officer and Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer at Altria
Michael Thorne-Begland serves as Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer and Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer for Altria Client Services, which provides professional services and support to Altria Group and its operating companies. In his role, Michael helps drive and facilitate the cultural and business change necessary to win in the future.
For nearly ten years, Michael led Altria's Brand and Trade Channel Integrity department, which is responsible for helping Altria's companies protect the integrity of their brands and the legitimate trade channels through which they are distributed and sold. Michael began his career with Altria in 2004 as an attorney in the Law Department advising on counterfeit and contraband tobacco issues.
Prior to joining Altria, Michael practiced law with the firm Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, specializing in international corporate and commercial matters.
In 2014, Michael helped found Mosaic, Altria's employee resource group for LGBTQ employees, which he led for three years.
Michael graduated from the College of William & Mary and the T.C. Williams School of Law. Michael currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Side by Side, an organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ youth in central Virginia. Michael also serves on the Board of Governors of Saint Catherine's School and the Board of Directors for Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia.
Altria is a Fortune 200 company, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Altria's wholly-owned subsidiaries include Philip Morris USA Inc., U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC, John Middleton Co., Sherman Group Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, Nu Mark LLC, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. and Philip Morris Capital Corporation. Altria holds an equity investment in Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV.
The brand portfolios of Altria's tobacco operating companies include Marlboro®, Black & Mild®, Copenhagen®, Skoal®, MarkTen® and Green Smoke®. Ste. Michelle produces and markets premium wines sold under various labels, including Chateau Ste. Michelle®, Columbia Crest®, 14 Hands® and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars™, and it imports and markets Antinori®, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte™, Torres® and Villa Maria Estate™ products in the United States.