The Cigar Association of America (CAA) has extended the term of Javier Estades as its chairman for another year.

Estades, who is also the president and ceo of Tabacalera USA, an Imperial Brands plc subsidiary that includes Altadis U.S.A., JR Cigar and Casa de Montecristo, was elected to the position in November 2015.

“I am very thankful and honored for having been extended as the chairman of the Cigar Association of America for another year,” Estades said via a post on his LinkedIn page. “CAA is the largest cigar association in the USA and it is working on behalf of the entire industry defending our rights of the industry we love so much!”

CAA is a national trade organization representing cigar manufacturers, importers, distributors and major industry suppliers. It was originally established in New York City in 1937 as Cigar Manufacturers of America, though CAA’s roots trace back to predecessor organizations in existence prior to 1900.

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