Drew Estate has announced that Stephan Qarimi is the company’s new international market manager and director of travel retail.

Qarimi spent 11 years with Royal Agio Cigars, most recently as international sales and marketing manager. Drew Estate distributes Royal Agio in the U.S.

Stephan Qarimi

“I am an avid relationship builder with a passion for international sales & business development,” said Qarimi in a press release. “Launching the Balmoral, Panter, and Mehari’s brands with the USA Drew Estate Team allowed me to peek in and see what an amazing culture the company has built in the United States. I am excited to be part of the foundation of the International Team and expand the companies brand penetration worldwide. I look forward to help Drew Estate grow their international business and to further develop their international markets.”

Drew Estate is owned by Swisher International.

“I am extremely excited to welcome Stephan to the Drew Estate and Swisher teams where he will be focusing on Africa & the Middle Eastern region, the Caribbean & Central / Latin America, and the Global Travel Retail and Duty Free business,” said Alex Goldman, Swisher’s vp of international business development. “With the support of our teams in Miami, Jacksonville, and Esteli Nicaragua, David Salem and I have an intense focus on providing the same world class disruptive experience that Drew Estate is known for in all our markets.”


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