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Davidoff's No. 1

Cigar Aficionado interviews Davidoff's director general Ernst Schneider.
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
Rush Limbaugh, Spring 94

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I have a man who is in the picture about everything; so there is no problem with following up things. This is Mr. Schelker [Georges Schelker, CEO].

C.A.: So he's your heir apparent?
Schneider: Exactly.

C.A.: And how old is he?
Schneider: He is 55. But the other guys who are in the management are all around 40 and 45, so people are always coming up from the bottom. We don't engage people from outside.

C.A.: Where do you see Davidoff a decade from now?
Schneider: Davidoff will still be developing. Davidoff will get stronger and stronger.

C.A.: Do you see yourselves with a more complete line like Dunhill?
Schneider: No, no, no. We have ties only to be protected in the textile category. That's the only reason why we have them. But we will stay--and this is a clear declaration--No. 1 in the luxury-cigar business and in the luxury-tobacco business. All the rest has to help to reach this goal and to go on in this direction.

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