Albert José is appointed Djarum brand trade marketing manager, and Jerry Yalowitz as trade marketing manager for EZ Cig e-cigarettes.
Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer and marketer of Djarum Cigars, Cuban Rounds Cigars, EZ Cig and Cig2o e-cigarettes, along with Voodoo Hookahs and a broad range of general merchandise brands, has announced Patrick Hurd as Kretek vice president of sales.
Hurd will report to Kretek CEO Mark Cassar. He will also retain his current duties as general manager of Ventura Cigar Co., Kretek’s premium cigar group.
Hurd will supervise Kretek sales department structure and oversee new retail business development.
“As Kretek’s business grows and our product lines extend into new retail categories, we felt that it was time to combine oversight of our field sales force and customer stewardship in Moorpark,” Cassar stated.
“We’ve got a terrific sales group in place, so I look forward to helping move Kretek to the next level with our customers,” Hurd remarked. Prior to his role as general manager of Ventura Cigar, Hurd was general manager of Kretek Canada for 10 years.
National Sales Director Roger Sachs will continue in his current role & Rick Sherlock will retain his responsibilities as trade promotion manager and distributor account sales manager. In addition to Hurd, Kretek also announced the appointment of Albert José as Djarum brand trade marketing manager, and Jerry Yalowitz as trade marketing manager for EZ Cig e-cigarettes.