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Earl E Kohnhorst    

— R&D > Chairman/CEO of Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. —  

Some key documents

• Biog details
    A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Kohnhorst holds a bachefor's and a master's degree from the University of Louisville's Speed Scientific School.

    He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; a member of
    the board of directors of CORESTA , an international scientific organization [which was all tobacco industry chemists]; and serves on the University of Louisvilie Speed Scientific School Industrial Board of Advisors.

    He and his wife, Mary Lou, have one child and reside in Louisville.

1971: In the B&W Research, Development & Engineering Department

1975: Manager of the B&W Development Center (later Director of Manufacturing, Planning and Engineering)

1983–87: Vice President Research and Development and Engineering at B&W

1987–89: Vice President — Planning for BATUS [the American totally-owned BAT subsidiary, which is distinct from B&W]

1989 /E: Head of the R&D at BATCo. Superior to GA Read.

1989: Executive Vice President of B&W.

1986 Feb: Discussing with Earnest Pepples, B&W's inhouse counsel, the legal implications of receiving scientific report. Vice-president of research and development at B&W in the mid and late-eighties.

1993 Aug 1: Became Executive Vice President and COO of Brown and Williamson when Thomas Sandefur became Chairman and CEO.

2004 May: He is on the US Government's 'list of fact witnesses to be called at trial'.

Earl Kohnhorst is expected to testify concerning the conduct of Brown & Williamson and BATCo relevant to their role in the alleged Enterprise, including the interconnected operations of the companies, including on scientific research and public positions on smoking and health issues such as the adverse health effects of smoking and addiction, and the purposes of such conduct; Brown & Williamson's marketing of "light" cigarettes, and company and industry knowledge relevant to such marketing; and Brown & Williamson's and BATCo's approach to performing or not performing research relating to smoking's adverse health effects, and public representations regarding the same.

2000 March: AG&M listing of those responsible for the tobacco corrupt practices, in the West Virginia Class Action. He was Executive Vice President, Brown & Williamson; Operations Director, BAT.