Bertrand Bonvin

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Bertrand Bonvin became President of Philip Morris International (PMI) Russia and Belarus in July 2015.[1]

Longstanding Career in Tobacco Industry

Bonvin joined PMI in 1993 as a Senior Project Engineer, and has held numerous senior positions with the company, including:[1][2]

  • Vice President Research & Development of Philip Morris International (December 2011 – July 2015)
  • Vice President Operations, Asia Region (May 2008 – December 2011)
  • Director Operations Russia (2005)
  • Director Operations Turkey (2002)
  • Various management positions Kazakhstan and Russia (1996 – 2002)

Harm Reduction: Heat Not Burn Products and E-Cigarettes

In his capacity as PMI’s Senior Vice President Research & Development, Bonvin was involved in the development of the company’s Heat Not Burn (HNB) products. In 2014, he briefed investors about PMI’s Next Generation Products, claiming that PMI had “a portfolio of over five hundred granted patents worldwide RRPs [Reduced Risk Products] and a pipeline of around one thousand pending patent applications”.[3] Although he had criticised e-cigarettes a year earlier for “concerns about quality and the lack of regulation”[4], Bonvin said that PMI was also developing next generation e-cigarettes “which we believe can address these issues”.[3]

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Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Executive Officers: Bertrand Bonvin, undated, accessed July 2017
  2. Bloomberg, Philip Morris International (PM: New York): Bertrand Bonvin, undated, accessed July 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 B. Bonvin, M. Peitsch, F. de Wilde, Investor Day 26 June 2014, Reduced-Risk Products presentation, Philip Morris International, Lausanne
  4. G. Thesing, Marlboro Man dons lab coat to find next big tobacco hit, Bloomberg via Kind Consumer website, 9 October 2013, accessed July 2017