Charles is the Chief Information Security Officer at Altria, the parent company of producers of superior branded tobacco and wine products such as Philip Morris USA and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. During his past year at Altria, Charles has been responsible for maturing the Information Security program and establishing a global five year strategic vision for the IT Risk program.

Charles also represents Altria on the board of the Richmond Technology Council, which supports technology innovation in the greater Richmond area, as well as the board of the Virginia Cybersecurity Partnership—a joint information sharing organization between government agencies and the private sector.

Prior to his role at Altria, Charles held senior level Information Security positions with financial institutions in the NY metro area, including Chief Information Security & Risk Officer for Sterling National Bank and Senior Vice President, IT & Operational Risk at Citigroup.