PDR Cigars has announced that it has promoted Irving Rodriguez to the new created role of key account manager and global sales manager, a change that goes into effect immediately.

“He has worked hard to grow his territory and has been dedicated to PDR’s growth,” the company said in a press release. “We are grateful for his efforts and look forward to seeing what he does in these new positions.”

Rodriguez has been with PDR Cigars since early 2021, serving as the company’s northeastern U.S. sales representative. He will now represent PDR Cigars on the global stage, with his first stop the InterTabac 2022 Trade Show, which takes place Sept. 15-17 in Dortmund, Germany. He will then focus on servicing and growing the company’s top accounts in the U.S. as well as helping PDR grow and expand into non-U.S. markets, though will not be overseeing the company’s current U.S. sales force.

Image courtesy of PDR Cigars.

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