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JOHNSTON TO HEAD RJR NABISCO'S WORLDWIDE TOBACCO BUSINESS; BUTTERWORTH NAMED HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL UNIT

 NEW YORK, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RN) today announced that James W. Johnston, currently chairman and chief executive officer of its domestic tobacco unit, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., will assume responsibility for the company's worldwide tobacco business.
 RJR Nabisco also announced that Anthony J. Butterworth, formerly managing director and chief executive officer of London International Group, plc, will become president and chief executive officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International, Inc., reporting to Johnston. Butterworth will succeed Dale F. Sisel, who plans to retire at the end of the year but will serve as a consultant to the company.
 Charles M. Harper, chairman and chief executive officer of RJR Nabisco, said the new worldwide tobacco organization reflects the belief that the company's tobacco businesses can be managed more effectively on a global basis.
 "There are significant opportunities for growing our tobacco business on a worldwide basis," Harper said. "By bringing our domestic and international businesses together, we will be able to effectively coordinate our company strengths and realize greater efficiency and shareholder returns in both our domestic and international operations. Jim Johnston's experience in the domestic and international sides of the tobacco business makes him the ideal person to lead these efforts as chairman and chief executive officer of Reynolds Tobacco worldwide."
 Commenting on Butterworth's appointment, Harper said: "Dale Sisel told me some months ago of his desire to retire at the end of this year. Since then, he and Jim Johnston have conducted a worldwide search for the best possible person to succeed Dale. We are pleased to have found someone with Tony Butterworth's experience in international packaged goods and are confident he will be able to accelerate the already impressive growth trends in our international tobacco business."
 Butterworth was chief executive officer of London International, a global health and personal products and photo processing company based in London, since 1991. He served as that company's chief operating officer from 1989 to 1991. Prior to joining London International he was president of Chesebrough Pond's International from 1985 to 1988 and was president of Carnation International from 1984 to 1985. Earlier in his career, Butterworth spent 16 years with The Coca-Cola Company. His last position at Coca-Cola was corporate vice president of worldwide marketing planning from 1979 to 1981.
 RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp. is the parent company of RJR Nabisco, Inc., an international consumer products company. RJR Nabisco's major operating units are R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International, Inc., the Nabisco Foods Group, and Nabisco International, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Jason H. Wright of RJR Nabisco, 212-258-5770/
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