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Feb 10, 2016: Philip Morris International Affiliates Recognized Among Top Russian Employers in 2016

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MOSCOW, February 10, 2016 – The Top Employer Institute recognized Affiliates of Philip Morris International (PMI), including ZAO Philip Morris Izhora in the Leningrad region
and Philip Morris Sales and Marketing Ltd. Saint-Petersburg regional office
, among top employers in Russia, for the second consecutive year. The Institute certifies leading employers across the world, assessing working conditions, strategies of talent management, HR planning, leadership development and companies’ corporate culture. The certificate recognizes the company for its excellent work environment, exceptional professional growth and development opportunities for its employees.

Striving to attract and retain talents, PMI Affiliates in Russia offers excellent training and working opportunities to employees. In 2015 alone, the company provided over 1,000 employees with long-term and short-term training courses. Furthermore, approximately 500 employees have completed training courses at ZAO Philip Morris Izhora production training center, improving their technical expertise, knowledge of Safety and methodology of the production efficiency improvement.

Today, PMI’s Russian affiliates employ about 4,500 people, including more than 1,400 employed at ZAO Philip Morris Izhora. We believe that employees are a key component of our overall success – by investing in their skills and knowledge, the company invests in its future. Being a part of a multinational corporation, the organization provides its employees with an opportunity to develop in a diverse environment, where international assignments and cross-functional moves are an integral element of career growth. That said, 32 Russian employees, including 24 employees from the “Izhora” factory, received international assignments and moved abroad to other PMI affiliates last year alone.

Frederic Patitucci, Vice-President HR for PMI affiliates in Russia: “It is a great honor for our company to be recognized as one of the best employers of the year in Russia and this, for the second year in a row. Indeed, we continue investing on people capabilities and remain focused on developing our talents in Russia and across the world ensuring the state of the art professional advancement and personal development. One of the key components of the Company strategy is to shape an employee-friendly, diverse and inclusive environment where our team of top notch professionals thrives and is eager to learn.”

The Top Employer Institute following an independent customized assessment, validated by the auditing company Grant Thornton, awards the Top Employer certification annually. The employers need to prove their compliance with a number of international standards, such as talent management, HR planning, newcomer adaptation, training and development, efficiency assessment, leadership development programs, compensation and employee benefits, and corporate culture.

Dennis Utter, Director Global Business at the Top Employers Institute: “The best working environment is when an employee can develop personally and professionally. We carried out a complex survey and have concluded that Philip Morris International in Russia creates a good working environment and offers a substantial set of programs, which are effectively integrated in the company’s corporate culture, including a competitive social package and programs for the employee performance assessment.”

Moreover, a number of PMI affiliates in Europe, including France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the UK, received Top Employer award.

Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) is the leading international tobacco company, with six of the world's top 15 international brands, including Marlboro, the number one cigarette brand worldwide. PMI's products are sold in more than 180 markets. In 2015, the company held an estimated 15.6% share of the estimated total international cigarette market outside of the U.S., or 28.7% excluding the People's Republic of China and the U.S.

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PMI affiliates in Russia: PMI in Russia has three affiliates – factories ZAO Philip Morris Izhora in the Leningrad region and ZAO Philip Morris Kuban in the Krasnodar region, as well as OOO Philip Morris Sales and Marketing with affiliates in about 100 cities across the country. Today, the PMI investment in Russia amounts to about $2 billion. In total, PMI affiliates in Russia employ about 4,500 skilled professionals.

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