Nicaraguan Tobacco Chamber Elects New Board of Directors, New Members Joining

The Nicaraguan Tobacco Chamber (CNT) elected its new board of directors during a members’ assembly held last week in Estelí during the 6th Nicaraguan Puro Sabor Cigar Festival. The CNT’s new president is Anielka Esmeralda Ortez Flores, who will replace outgoing president Juan Ignacio Martínez.

“The CNT will continue promoting and enhancing the image, quality and reputation of Nicaraguan hand-made cigars and we will strengthen our linkage with the communities and local and national governments,” she stated.

Other board members include Juan Ignacio Martínez (vice-president); José Leonel Ráudez (alternate vice-president); Héctor Vanegas Bojorque (secretary); and Eduardo Alberto Sandino (alternate secretary).

Also elected were Manuel Ernesto Rubio, as treasurer; Néstor Andrés Plasencia, as first member; Gastón Buenaventura Rappaccioli, as alternate first member; Omar Ortez Rodríguez, as second member; Eldher Alexi Graterón, as alternate second member; and Claudio Sgroi, as third member.

The new board of directors will run the CNT during the period 2017-2019. New president Anielka Ortez is the general manager of Agrotabacos, the company that produces Omar Ortez cigars, and is the first woman to head up the CNT.

The Nicaraguan Tobacco Chamber also announced that four new members are joining the organization: Tabacalera RC, El Galán, Global Premium Cigars/1502 Cigars and Distribuidora Karibe S.A. As a result, the CNT now has 27 members.

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