Altria CEO diagnosed with COVID-19; steps aside temporarily

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Altria CEO Howard Willard tested positive for coronavirus and is at home self-quarantining, according to a statement from Altria sent out to employees yesterday.

In the letter to employees, Altria said Willard would be taking a medical leave of absence. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Billy Gifford is assuming the role of CEO until Willard is back.

This comes just a day after Altria shut down production at Philip Morris after two employees tested positive for COVID-19.

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