Lynn Kleinsmith


Job Title: Director people & culture

Company: Phillip Morris South Africa


Lynn Kleinsmith is the Director of People & Culture at Philip Morris International, Southern Africa

Lynn, who took on her current role in 2020, was previously the HR director at Red Bull based in Cape Town where she was responsible for leading and managing the country’s HR team within the Red Bull South Africa business by providing professional, strategic and tactical services aligned to the company’s global strategies. Prior to this she was HR Director at the Adidas Group and HR Regional Manager at Dimension Data Group.


2020 - Present          Director people & culture, Philip Morris International
2016 - 2020               HR director, Red Bull
2015 - 2016                Managing director, MRI Network
2013 - 2015                HR director, Adidas Group
2010 - 2012                Human resources regional executive: people & culture, Dimension Data MEA
2009 - 2010               Human resources manager, Verisign
2001 - 2009               Human resources business partner, JP Morgan
1997 - 2001                HR consultant, The Foschini Group


About Phillip Morris: Philip Morris South Africa was established in 2003, their cigarette portfolio consists of Marlboro and Chesterfield, and we distribute our products domestically as well as export to markets in the region. Leonard Dingler, an affiliate of Philip Morris South Africa, also manufactures other tobacco products such as roll-your-own, pipe tobacco, and nasal snuff, including the market-leading pipe tobacco brands Boxer and Best Blend. Philip Morris South Africa’s parent company, Philip Morris International, is also one of the 17 international organisations awarded this year’s Global Top Employer certification. PMI employs more than 79,000 people worldwide.


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