Howard Parks

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Howard Parks was appointed Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Japan Tobacco International (JTI) in 2016, and has been on the company’s Executive Committee since 2017.12

Long-Standing Career with Japan Tobacco International

In 1982, Parks began at RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. in Research and Development and has held several marketing and research roles within the company.1
Since then, he has had several leading positions, including:1

  • Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales, Chief Brand Officer (2010 – 2016)
  • Senior Vice President of Consumer & Trade Marketing (2011 – 2015)
  • Regional Consumer & Trade Marketing for the Europe Region (2000 – 2005)
  • Lead of Research and Development Geneva (appointed in 1998)
  • Marketing Director for Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Mexico (appointed in 1991)

JTI “Global Top Employer”

In 2017, JTI was awarded the recognition of ‘Global Top Employer’ in Europe, Middle East and the Asia Pacific regions by the Top Employers Institute.3
The Institute also awarded a similar recognition to Philip Morris International (PMI)4 and British American Tobacco.5
In response to the recognition, Parks said: “Being awarded Global Top Employer year after year confirms what we are most proud of – JTI is one of the most attractive places to work in the world and the leading employer in our industry. We consistently invest in our people, our strongest asset, and we offer them every opportunity to succeed and grow. We take care of our people, we offer them inspiring and meaningful experiences, and in return they take good care of our business.”3

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  1. abcJapan Tobacco International, Our Leadership, undated, accessed October 2018
  2. Japan Tobacco Inc., Corporate Information, Annual Report 2016, accessed October 2018
  3. abPR Newswire, JTI Certified Global Top Employer for the Third Consecutive Year, 1 March 2017, accessed October 2018
  4. Businesswire, Philip Morris International Recognized Top Employer Africa, 13 October 2017, accessed January 2019
  5. BAT Named as a Top Employer in Europe for Seventh Consecutive Year, 3BL Media, 13 February 2017, accessed January 2019