Hernan Albamonte is Senior Manager External Affairs for Philip Morris International (PMI), based in Washington D.C. Albamonte has served in various PMI roles around the globe for over fourteen years.
As PMI’s Senior Manager External Affairs, Albamonte is charged with overseeing the interactions of the company with multiple groups of stakeholders, including law enforcement, Hispanic community and business stakeholders, to drive PMI’s business transformation to achieve a smoke free future.
Before transitioning to the company’s D.C. office in 2019, Albamonte served as PMI’s Global Government Affairs Manager in Lausanne, Switzerland. In that role, he developed a network of alliances with third party stakeholders and executed government affairs and media engagement campaigns for the Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa markets.
In 2013, Albamonte was stationed in Costa Rica as PMI’s Corporate Affairs Manager of Central America. He expanded the region’s public-private partnerships with local and international law enforcement agents, resulting in the seizures of over $36 million of unlicensed products and the closure of five illicit enterprises. Additionally, Albamonte generated a cross-industry anti-illicit trade web app sponsored by Chambers of Commerce and Ministries of Finance in three Central American countries.
Furthermore, Albamonte orchestrated anti-illicit trade operations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and the United States as PMI’s Latin America Regional Intelligence Coordinator in 2011, based in Mexico City. In addition to recovering $42 million of illicit goods by deploying anti-black market commercial strategies, Albamonte and his team successfully dismantled an illegal-export border route of unlicensed products through a partnership with PMI’s US and Mexico public and private stakeholders.
He began his career with PMI in 2007 as a Communications Intern in his native country of Argentina, and was quickly elevated to the role of Brand Integrity Coordinator, where he launched communications campaigns to raise awareness about illicit trade in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Albamonte earned a double bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina ‘Santa María de los Buenos Aires’ and was awarded a master’s degree in Business/Corporate Communications from Universitat de Barcelona. He is currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts in International Affairs at Harvard University. A native Spanish speaker, Albamonte is also fluent in English.
He lives in the D.C. area with his wife Carina, a pediatric neuropsychologist and author, and their three children.