Cliff Fleet

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Clifford (‘Cliff’) Fleet was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of Philip Morris USA (subsidiary of Altria Group) from 2013 until 2017.[1][2]

In August 2019 Fleet was appointed CEO of 22nd Century Group, a biotechnology company with a mission “to reduce the harm caused by smoking”.[3][4] The company is known for regulating the nicotine content in tobacco plants, and in December 2018 it submitted a Premarket Tobacco Product (PMT) and Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) to the US Food and Drug Administration for a Very Low Nicotine Content (VLNC) cigarette.[5] The company also develops legal hemp/cannabis plants that can help “improve health and quality of life”.[5]

Long-Standing Career with Philip Morris USA

Fleet joined PM USA in 1995 and has held several leading positions, including:[1][6][7]

  • Vice President of PM USA and the General Manager for the Marlboro brand (2011 – 2013)
  • Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Altria Client Services (2011)
  • Vice President of Investor Relation of Altria (2008 – 2011)
  • Finance Director (2007 – 2008)
  • Sales Director (2005 – 2007)

TobaccoTactics Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bloomberg, Clifford B. Fleet, undated, accessed February 2019
  2. J. Spiers, Philip Morris CEO departs,, 1 June 2017, accessed February 2019
  3. 22nd Century Group, 22nd Century Group Appoints Cliff Fleet Chief Executive Officer, 5 August 2019, accessed August 2019
  4. 22nd Century Group, Company Mission & Profile, company website, 2018, accessed August 2019
  5. 5.0 5.1 22nd Century Group Inc., 2018 Annual Report, accessed August 2019
  6. Philip Morris USA website, Leadership, undated, archived 1 March 2012, accessed February 2019
  7. C. Fleet, LinkedIn Profile,, undated, accessed February 2019