US Tobacco Cooperative Inc. (USTC), today announced the addition of Declan Curran in a newly created position of director of leaf quality. Curran is a tobacco industry veteran and joins USTC from Phillip Morris International where he was the manager of processing and quality since 2006. He joined Phillip Morris USA/Altria in 1999 as the supplier processing manager.
“Declan has deep experience and understands leaf processing and quality,” said USTC chief executive officer Stuart Thompson. “His responsibilities will include evaluation of our current leaf operations from the time of acquisition through shipment, improving product value, reducing green conversion costs, and overseeing the social responsibility in tobacco production program. We are very pleased to have Declan join USTC and add to the strength of our evolving organization. Declan has a proven track record of improving processes, product quality, and is the ideal candidate to help USTC grow and return patronage value to our growers.”.
“I am excited to join the USTC family,” said Curren. “USTC is a new, progressive organization that is shedding old notions of ‘stabilization’ and moving forward as a premier supplier of US leaf to the tobacco industry.”