Patricia Kovacevic

General Counsel & Head of External Affairs

Patricia Kovacevic, General CounselAn experienced legal and compliance department leader, Patricia I. Kovacevic’s career comprises leading senior legal and regulatory positions with FDA-regulated multinationals, including Philip Morris International and Lorillard, as well as partner roles with large law firms.

Her expertise includes corporate law, compliance, M&A, US and global food, drug, nicotine and consumer goods regulation, cannabis/CBD regulation, external affairs and the legal framework applicable to marketing, media communications, investigations, FCPA, trade sanctions, privacy, intellectual property, product development and launch. She also led cross-disciplinary teams engaged in scientific research efforts. She has served on various trade association bodies and conference advisory boards.

Ms. Kovacevic authored several articles on nicotine regulation, co-authored an academic treatise, “The Regulation of E-Cigarettes” and is often invited as a keynote speaker or panelist before global conferences and government agencies public hearings.

Patricia Kovacevic is an attorney admitted to practice in New York, before the U.S. Tax Court, before the U.S. Court of International Trade and before the Supreme Court of the United States. She holds a Juris Doctor (doctor of law) degree from Columbia Law School in New York and completed the Harvard Business School “Corporate Leader” executive education program. Ms. Kovacevic speaks several languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian and Croatian.