Next month will be José Blanco’s last at E.P. Carrillo.

Blanco, who has served as the senior vice-president for the company since November 2016, will be leaving on Aug. 31.

“We are saddened to see Jose Blanco leave our company,” said Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr., the company’s owner and founder, in a statement to halfwheel. “Our friendship, respect and admiration for one another for more than 20 years, makes this a difficult moment for us. We want thank him for everything he’s done in order to help our company achieve the recognition and success that it has. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

When Blanco was hired the company said his role would focus on sales. In addition, he continued to lead his consumer seminars at E.P. Carrillo events.

Prior to his tenure at E.P. Carrillo, Blanco had worked with his wife at their company, Las Cumbres Tabaco. He previously served as a senior vice-president at Joya de Nicaragua but is best known for a lengthy tenure at La Aurora and its related companies.

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