October 24, 2008

Gary Ebert Joins General Tobacco As Chief Sales Officer

General Tobacco (GT) announced today the appointment of Gary Ebert as Chief Sales Officer. Gary will oversee the structural and development of the GT Sales Department.

"We are pleased to have Gary as part of our team," said J. Ronald Denman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for General Tobacco. "His extensive knowledge of the tobacco industry is a valuable asset to our staff and will help secure and grow GT's position in the tobacco industry going forward."

Prior to joining General Tobacco, Gary served as Chief Sales Officer and Sr. Executive Vice President for Commonwealth Brands, Inc. for 14 years where he oversaw all facets of the Sales Department. Prior to that he was with American Tobacco Company for 25 years.

General Tobacco, the sixth largest tobacco company in the nation with approximately $300 million in annual sales, is a full participating member of the Master Settlement Agreement. The company began its operation in 2000 distributing its own cigarette brand, GT One(R). Because of the popularity of this value-priced, excellent quality product, the company now distributes Bronco(R), Silver(R), Vaquero Little Cigars(R), and their new premium menthol cigarette, 32 Degrees(R). As one of the largest tobacco companies in the country, General Tobacco continues to hold a leading position in the value-priced cigarette market. Its mission is to distribute superior quality tobacco products at competitive prices.