Mombacho Cigars S.A. has a new general manager, Indiana Ortez.

Ortez, the daughter of Omar Ortez, confirmed the news to halfwheel on Wednesday. She has become a rising star in the cigar industry, garnering attention for her work with her father and several projects for Ventura Cigar Co., namely the PSyKo SEVEN Nicaragua. Those cigars were produced at Agroindustrial Nicaraguense de Tabacos S.A., also known as Agrotabacos.

“Being the first Nicaraguan female general manager of a cigar company like Mombacho challenges me twice as much because I feel the responsibility to carry the high legacy of women in our industry,” Ortez said in via a press release. “This position allows me to keep my personal promise of working with well fermented tobaccos and continuing to push quality and consistency to an uncompromising place. Moving to the exciting colonial town of Granada, Nicaragua is also an exciting part of the role. Mombacho feels like a spaceship that is ready for take-off.”

It is the most recent in a series of changes for the Granada-based cigar company, which just recently saw Claudio Sgroi, its president and master blender, announce his departure from the company. As part of that transition, Cameron “Cam” Heaps, a co-founder of Mombacho Cigars S.A., returned to the company in a formalized role as its president. The changes also come as the company celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

“It is both an honor and a pleasure to have Indiana joining the senior management team at Mombacho,” said Heaps in a press release. “While Indiana’s impressive and broad expertise is a welcome asset, her passion, spirit, and management style will also be an important part of the company’s cultural vision.”

Update (April 8, 2021) — Mombacho Cigars S.A. issued a press release today announcing Ortez’s hiring; quotes and other information have been added to the story.

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