Retired General Counsel of R.J. Reynolds.
Mr. Blixt served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Reynolds American Inc., a company formed in 2004 by the merger of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings and the U.S. operations of British American Tobacco PLC, from 2004 to 2006; and Executive Vice President and General Counsel for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company from 1995 to 2004. Mr. Blixt brings to H5 many years of experience as the chief legal officer and a member of the executive management team of Reynolds American and R.J. Reynolds. During that time, he was directly involved with and oversaw significant litigation matters, strategic acquisitions, and the merger of R.J. Reynolds and British American Tobacco. As a result, Mr. Blixt brings executive decision making, analytical, strategic change, and risk-assessment skills to the Board, as well as unique insights into the Company’s challenges, opportunities and operations. Additionally, Mr. Blixt brings governance, community service, and audit skills and experience to the Board of Directors through his experience as a member of the Board of Trustees of Salem Academy and College and the University of Illinois College of Law and as a past member of the audit committee of Targacept, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Blixt qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC guidelines. Other Directorships: Director of Swedish Match AB, a global tobacco and consumer products company based in Stockholm, Sweden, from 2007 to 2011, and 2015 to present.