MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vector Group Ltd. (NYSE: VGR) (the “Company”) today announced that it has appointed technology industry veteran, Wilson L. White, to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mr. White currently serves as Senior Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Google. With Mr. White’s appointment, Vector Group’s Board expands to 10 directors.
“With many years of experience in the technology industry, including government relations and legal expertise, Wilson brings to the Board a unique skillset that will further strengthen Vector Group’s commitment to staying at the forefront of our business’ rapidly-evolving digital environment,” said Howard M. Lorber, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vector Group. “Wilson is a results-oriented leader and collaborator, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our Board of Directors.”
Mr. White commented, “I am honored to join Vector Group’s Board of Directors and look forward to working with this talented team to advance the Company’s goals for the benefit of all of its stakeholders.”
In his current role at Google, Mr. White is responsible for managing a global team focused on advising senior product leadership on government affairs and public policy for the company’s core business units, as well as developing and executing external advocacy initiatives on artificial intelligence, privacy and security, competition and other issue areas. Prior to assuming this role in 2013, Mr. White served as a patent litigation attorney on Google’s legal team and was previously a patent litigator for the intellectual property practice of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. This role was preceded by various positions in the legal and engineering industries, including as a federal judicial law clerk for the District of Maryland, a software developer for IBM and a software engineer for I-Cubed.
Currently, Mr. White also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the legal aspects of entrepreneurship. Mr. White received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Juris Doctor from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
Mr. White is engaged in numerous philanthropic and community activities. He serves as Board Chair of the Black Bank Fund, which aims to raise and invest $250 million into Black banks throughout the United States by 2025. Mr. White also serves on the Boards of the University of North Carolina School of Law Foundation and the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation.
About Vector Group
Vector Group is a holding company for Liggett Group LLC, Vector Tobacco Inc., New Valley LLC and Douglas Elliman Realty, LLC. Additional information concerning the company is available on the Company's website, www.vectorgroupltd.com.