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CTP Leadership

Mitch Zeller

Mitch Zeller, J.D.

Director, Center for Tobacco Products

Mitch Zeller, J.D., became director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products in March 2013. The mission of CTP—established by enactment of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act—is "to make tobacco-related death and disease part of America's past, not America's future, and, by doing so, ensure a healthier life for every family."

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Michele Mital

Acting Deputy Director, Center for Tobacco Products

Michele Mital currently serves as the Acting Deputy Director of the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  In this position, Ms. Mital is responsible for assuring that CTP accomplishes its public health goals and for operationalizing the Center’s vision and mission as it implements the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  Ms. Mital works closely with the Center Director and CTP senior leadership and with key FDA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leadership and external stakeholders on matters that affect Center goals, policies, programs, and strategic initiatives. 

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Matthew R. Holman

Matthew R. Holman, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Science

Matthew R. Holman, Ph.D., is currently Director of the Office of Science at the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He was appointed to that position in January 2017.

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Kathleen Crosby

Kathleen Crosby

Director, Office of Health Communication and Education

Kathleen Crosby is currently Director of the Office of Health Communications and Education at the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She was appointed to that position in February 2011.

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Ann Simoneau

Ann Simoneau, J.D., M.B.A.

Director, Office of Compliance and Enforcement

Ann Simoneau is currently the Director of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement at the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). When the Office was created in July 2009, Ms. Simoneau was named its Acting Director and in January 2011 she was appointed the permanent Director.

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Beverly Chernaik

Beverly Chernaik, J.D.

Director, Office of Regulations

Beverly Chernaik is the Director of the Office of Regulations at the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) of the Food and Drug Administration. She was appointed to that position in April 2010. Ms. Chernaik leads CTP's efforts to identify and prioritize regulations and guidances that will help the Center achieve its public health goals.

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Janelle R. Barth

Janelle R. Barth, M.S., M.B.A.

Director, Office of Management, and Executive Officer

Janelle Barth, M.S., M.B.A., serves as Director of the Office of Management and the Executive Officer at FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). She has held both positions since May 2014. As Director of the Office of Management, Ms. Barth is responsible for overseeing administrative services to the Center. As Executive Officer, she serves as the principal advisor to CTP senior management and FDA leadership on agency operations and administrative management matters.

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