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Oettinger Davidoff AG appoints new General Manager of Tabadom Holding in Dominican Republic

Oettinger Davidoff AG, the worldwide leading manufacturer of premium cigars, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, appoints Hamlet Espinal as new General Manager of its subsidiary Tabadom Holding, Inc. in Santiago de los Caballeros. He succeeds Henke Kelner, who remains Vice-Chairman of Tabadom’s Board and continues in his key global roles.

Basel, 15th January 2015 – Oettinger Davidoff AG has appointed Hamlet Espinal as the new General Manager of its subsidiary Tabadom Holding, Inc. as per January 1, 2015, reporting to Javier Plantada, Senior Vice President Global Production. Hamlet was previously the Head of Operations at Tabadom Holding in Santiago de los Caballeros in Dominican Republic where the Dominican own brands Davidoff, AVO, Cusano, Griffin’s, Private Stock, Zino and Zino Platinum of Oettinger Davidoff AG as well as some select third brands are produced.

“Hamlet has been a key member of the Management Team for many years – as such he has learned from Henke Kelner every aspect of our operations in the Dominican Republic”, says Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO Oettinger Davidoff AG and Chairman of Tabadom Holding, Inc. “We are thankful to Henke Kelner for the perfect succession planning at Tabadom Holding, and we all look forward to working with Hamlet in his new role.”

Hamlet Espinal originally started his career at Tabadom Holding in the blending room at PTP and has expanded his scope of responsibilities step by step over the past 15 years, in addition to studying at the university to prepare for his leadership role. In March 2014, Hamlet was promoted to Vice-President.

Henke Kelner remains Vice-Chairman of Tabadom’s Board and will continue to report to Oettinger Davidoff CEO Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard in all of his global roles including government relations and corporate affairs and chairing the blending and tasting panel at Tabadom as a key driver of Oettinger Davidoff’s innovation process. Henke will also expand his Davidoff Global Ambassador role conducting tasting and education seminars around the world.

About Oettinger Davidoff AG
The CHF 1.2 billion Oettinger Davidoff AG with over 3,500 employees around the world, traces its roots back to 1875 and remains family owned to this day with two distinctly different businesses: one that is focused on FMCG distribution in the Swiss market and one dedicated to the core business of producing, marketing and retailing premium branded cigars, tobacco products and accessories. The premium branded cigar business include Davidoff, AVO, Camacho, Cusano, Griffin’s, Private Stock, Zino, Zino Platinum and Winston Churchill Cigars. The Oettinger Davidoff AG is anchored in a strong “crop- to-shop” philosophy, having pursued a vertical integration from the tobacco fields in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua to the worldwide network of almost 70 Davidoff Flagship Stores.

Hamlet Espinal

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