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Executive Management

J. Pieter Sikkel

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Sikkel has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance One International, Inc., since March 1, 2013, having previously served as President from December 14, 2010 through February 28, 2013, as Executive Vice President – Business Strategy and Relationship Management from May 2007 through December 13, 2010, and as Regional Director of Asia from May 2005 through April 2007.

Mr. Sikkel joined the Company in 1983 and held various positions in South Korea, Philippines and Thailand before becoming Country Manager of China serving from 1991 until 1999 when he was appointed Regional Director of Asia.

José Maria Costa Garcia

Executive Vice President - Global Operations & Supply Chain

Mr. Costa has served as Executive Vice President - Global Operations & Supply Chain since August 2012, having previously served as Regional Director - Europe from September 2008 through July 2012, and as Regional Financial Director - Europe from April 2005 through August 2008. 

Mr. Costa joined the Company in 1992 and held various positions in Brazil, Argentina and Italy before serving as Managing Director of the Company's former Italian subsidiary, Dimon Italia S.r.l., from October 1999 until March 2005, when he was appointed Regional Financial Director - Europe.

Graham J. Kayes

Executive Vice President – Business Relationship Management and Leaf

Mr. Kayes has served as Executive Vice President – Business Relationship Management and Leaf since July 1, 2014, having previously served as Regional Director – Africa from February 2011 through June 2014. Mr. Kayes joined the Company in 1988 and held various positions throughout Africa before serving as Managing Director of the Alliance One’s Tanzanian subsidiary from June 2007 until January 2011, when he was appointed Regional Director – Africa.

Joel L. Thomas

Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Thomas has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2014, having previously served as Vice President and Treasurer from December 2005 through December 2013. Prior to joining Alliance One, from January 1996 to December 2005, Mr. Thomas served as Vice President and Director with Wachovia Securities (n/k/a Wells Fargo Securities) in their investment bank, focusing on leveraged bank and bond transactions.

William L. O’Quinn, Jr.

Senior Vice President – Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Mr. O’Quinn has served as Senior Vice President - Chief Legal Officer and Secretary since April 1, 2011, having previously served as Senior Vice President – Assistant General Counsel and Secretary from January 1, 2011 through March 2011, and as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary from August 2005 through December 2010. Prior to joining Alliance One, Mr. O’Quinn was engaged in the private practice of law, including 8 years as a partner with a law firm in Wilson, North Carolina

Laura D. Jones

Vice President – Human Resources

Ms. Jones has served as Vice President, Global Human Resources since January, 2011, having previously served as Vice President, Human Capital from August 2009 to January 2011 and Vice President, Compensation and Benefits from May 2005 to August 2009. In her current position, Laura is responsible for global HR strategy development and implementation in more than 30 countries.

Ms. Jones joined the Company in 1999 and held a variety of positions in the Company’s Human Resources function.

Tracy G. Purvis

Vice President – Global Information Services

Ms. Purvis has served as Vice President, Global Information Services since January 2011 and is responsible for leading Alliance One's global information services and technology strategy. She previously served as Vice President Chief Application Architect from April 2009 to December 2010, and Vice President Chief Technology Officer May 2005 to March 2009. Ms. Purvis has a blended background in Business and Information Services spanning more than 30 years. In her current role, she oversees all aspects of technology operations within the Company determining how we can leverage technology to improve internal operations and to better meet our customers' needs.

Ms. Purvis joined the Company in December 1990 and has led the development and implementation of several global technology initiatives.