Susan M. Cameron, president and chief executive officer of Reynolds American Inc., speaks to reporters after a news conference at Reynolds American in Tobaccoville, North Carolina May 23, 2014. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company announced that a subsidiary, R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co., will start of production of the VUSE digital vapor cigarette and create at least 200 new jobs at their 1 million-square-foot facility in Tobaccoville. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES) - RTR3QKWE© CHRIS KEANE / Reuters REUTERS
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She left as Reynolds CEO in 2011, but the board asked her to return on May 1 to the second-largest U.S. tobacco company. Her assignment: the $27.4 billion purchase of Lorillard announced in July, the biggest acquisition ever by a woman CEO (see story).