Rob Maneson, the ceo of JR Cigar, is leaving the world’s second largest cigar retailer.

Maneson will be joining Fontem Ventures, the Charlotte-based parent of blu e-cigarettes. Both JR Cigar and Fontem are owned by Imperial Brands, plc.

“I have great enjoyed my time working in the premium cigar industry and with the great team at JR cigar,” said Maneson in a statement. “I am immensely proud of all the things we have accomplished in the last several years growing the business.“

He was appointed ceo of JR Cigar in March 2017 after serving as the head of Casa de Montecristo, Imperial’s brick and mortar cigar retailer group. Maneson has been with Imperial since 2013.

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