Julie Soderlund

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Julie Soderlund is Vice President Communications at Philip Morris International (PMI). She joined the company in January 2012 as Director of Regulatory Communications until her death in 2016.1


Soderlund previously was employed as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former press secretary. She worked for Schwarzenegger’s 2006 election campaign, having worked for him as deputy press secretary for three years.
She has also been a partner at PR company Wilson-Miller Communications.2

Appointed to Help Oppose Plain Packaging Regulations

Two months after Soderlund’s appointment, PMI also appointed Andrew Cave to a senior corporate communications role.
Public Affairs News commented at the time:

The two appointments come as the tobacco industry gears up for a fight over the introduction of plain packaging for cigarette packs, with a dedicated campaign group set up to oppose the measure.3

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  1. D. Smith and A. Koseff, Ex-Schwarzenegger communications aide Julie Soderlund dies at 38, ‘’The Sacramento Bee’’ online, 29 April 2016, accessed 11 February 2020
  2. M. Cartmell, ‘Philip Morris International appoints Julie Soderlund as director of regulatory comms’, PR Week, 19 January 2012
  3. Public Affairs News, FSB lobbying chief quits for tobacco role, http://www.publicaffairsnews.com, 2 March 2012, accessed April 2012