The Smoke-Filled Revolving Door

Last week, Lorillard, the third largest tobacco company in the United States, named Neil Wilcox, a former Food and Drug Administration science policy analyst, as senior vice president and chief compliance officer. Prior to his 13 years at the FDA, Wilcox was director of global regulatory affairs at The Gillette Company and vice president of global regulatory and scientific affairs at the Kimberly Clark Corporation. At Lorillard, Wilcox will oversee compliance with the federal Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Lorillard is market leader in menthol cigarettes with an estimated 35 percent market share. FDA is expected to rule soon on how to regulate menthol.