J. Tylee Wilson

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J. Tylee Wilson

J. Tylee Wilson was President of R.J. Reynolds in 1979. He served on Board of Directors from 1977-83, was President in 1983, Executive Vice President of R.J. Reynolds Industries in 1977-78; Chairman of Board, CEO and President of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International in 1976 and R.J. Reynolds Foods, Inc. in 1974.

Wilson joined RJR Foods in 1974. He became the first president of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International in 1976, then oversaw domestic and international tobacco from 1978 until 1983, when he became chief executive officer of Reynolds Industries. He was forced out by Ross Johnson in 1987.


J. Tylee Wilson was located at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company at 401 Main St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101-3818. The phone number is (901) 741-5000. J. Tylee Wilson is knowledgeable regarding international tobacco operations at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. He became President of the company in 1979. Wilson has knowledge of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's and the tobacco industry's participation in the public disinformation regarding the health hazards of tobacco use, the manipulation of nicotine in tobacco products and the marketing of tobacco products to children.(Ashes to Ashes) J. Tylee Wilson served on the Board of Directors 1977-1983; as President in 1983; Executive Vice President of R.J. Reynolds Industries 1977-1978; Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International in 1976; and for R.J. Reynolds Foods Inc. in 1974. (Source: R.J. Reynolds Who's Who NMLRP) J. Tylee Wilson was CEO of RJR Nabisco (?-1987). He was replaced by Ross Johnson (Barbarians 1990). Wilson served as chairman of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (Barbarians 1990). Wilson was chairman (1985) and chief Executive officer (1983-1985?) of R. J. Reynolds Industries (Barbarians 1990). Wilson was president of R. J. Reynolds (1979-?).

As the company's number two Executive, he was responsible for the company's entire tobacco operation (Barbarians 1990). Wilson was a Chesebrough-Pond vice president (Barbarians 1990). As a young man, Wilson had been Army instructor; a cold tactician and technician; a humorless laugh and a knack for tortured syntax. He rubbed Sticht the wrong way.(Barbarians 1990) Wilson retired in 1987. He received a lump sum payment of $3.25 million, and annual retirement pay totaling about $600,000 (Barbarians 1990).

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