The Cigar Association of America (CAA) has announced that Javier Estades, president and CEO of Tabacalera USA, has been elected to a new three-year term as chairman of CAA. Previously, Estades served as the CAA’s chairman from 2016 to 2022.
“It was an honor to serve as chairman of CAA and I am excited to once again join my partners in industry to lead this century-old association,” commented Estades. “We continue to face a perfect storm of regulatory intervention, increasing tax burdens, and evolving industry trends. We will have to join together to preserve our industry for future generations.”
“Javier Estades has always just been one of those people who gets it,” said Cigar Association of America President Craig Williamson. “When he stepped down as chairman, I said that we would miss his leadership, affable demeanor, and steady hand, and now I am thrilled to welcome Javier back as our chairman once again. Challenges remain ahead for our industry, but with Javier’s leadership and our continued commitment to speaking as one voice for the cigar and pipe tobacco industry, I know we will navigate the days, months, and years ahead successfully.”