Stacey Kennedy is the first-ever female President of Asia Pacific Operations for Philip Morris International, responsible for the full spectrum of operations in more than 14 markets and over 32,000 permanent employees. Based in Hong Kong, she is mother of 10-year old twin daughters, Kaitlin and Madison, and wife to husband, Uli.  Growing up on a Mississippi farm in the USA with farmer and educator parents, Stacey developed an appreciation for hard work and a strong value for education.

Stacey commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and cultural anthropology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in the United States. Rapidly discerning her passion for travel, she studied abroad between Oxford University’s London School of Oriental and African Studies, and the University of Reading. Upon graduation, she began at Philip Morris USA in 1995 as a Territory Sales Manager and through an admirable perseverance and resilience quickly demonstrated her business aptitude. Stacey rose rapidly through the ranks of PM USA/PMI and in 2002, was named Director of Trade Marketing for Philip Morris International based in Switzerland. In this role, Stacey remained conscious of cultural intricacies and her ability to continually learn and develop through frequent consultations, one of which through she would go on to meet her husband Uli, who was working as a journalist in Germany.

Leaning into anthropological understandings and the importance of interacting with consideration of different perspectives, Stacey endeavors to confer this broadened world view in both the workplace and with her two daughters at home. Encouraging their curiosity, she stages business meetings with her daughters and in-between her rapid 150-day plus travel schedule, ensures that time is budgeted to chat each day. Philip Morris International was established in 1954 and is a leading tobacco company today that is committed to designing a smoke-free future. They also support communities where they source tobacco and where their employees live and work.

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