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George C. Freeman III

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer

George C. Freeman, III, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, joined Universal Leaf Tobacco Company in 1997. In 2007, the Board of Directors of Universal Corporation elected him to succeed Allen B. King as Chief Executive Officer of Universal Corporation as of April 1, 2008. Mr. Freeman was elected Chairman of the Board in 2008, President of Universal Corporation in 2006, Vice President in 2005, and General Counsel and Secretary in 2001. Prior to joining Universal, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard S. Arnold, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; a law clerk for the Honorable Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court; and an associate with Hunton & Williams, an international law firm. He is a director of Tredegar Corporation.  He has served as a director for Universal Corporation since 2007 and is Chairman of the Executive Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.

Chairman of the Board