Arturo Fuente has announced that José Blanco, a longtime fixture in the cigar industry, has joined the company as its director of sales, eastern hemisphere.

“With close to 50 years of experience in sales and a wealth of knowledge in tobacco and cigars, we are very excited to have Jose join the team,” said Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr., chairman of Arturo Fuente, in a press release. “I have known Jose for many decades, and find him to be a man of quality, integrity, and passion – all the things we search for when evaluating talent. I’m confident his work in this market will be very beneficial to the continued international growth of the Arturo Fuente brand.”

Blanco is best known for a lengthy tenure at La Aurora and its related companies. He has also worked for Joya de Nicaragua and Las Cumbres Tabaco, a company he started with his wife, Emma Viktorsson. He most recently worked as the senior vice-president for E.P. Carrillo.

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