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Claudio Sgroi Steps Down as Mombacho’s Master Blender

Mar 25, 2021 | By Gregory Mottola
Claudio Sgroi Steps Down as Mombacho’s Master Blender
Photo/Andrew Nagy

After ten years with Mombacho Cigars, Claudio Sgroi is leaving the company and focusing on his role as president of the Nicaraguan Tobacco Chamber (CNT), a position he accepted in early 2020. Sgroi held positions as master blender, director of operations and president throughout his time with Mombacho.

“I am excited and looking forward to dedicating more time to the Nicaraguan Tobacco Chamber, as I have a deep responsibility to represent the leading manufacturers in the world,” Sgroi said in a release.

Unlike most Nicaraguan cigarmakers, who roll cigars in the town of Estelí, Mombacho Cigars operates out of Granada, more than 100 miles away, where it rolls brands like Diplomático by Mombacho, Liga Maestro and Tierra Volcan at mansion-turned-factory Casa Favilli.

Sgroi officially steps down next week, on April 1. He served dual roles as Mombacho’s president and master blender until January, when company founder Cam Heaps assumed the title as president. Both Heaps and Sgroi co-own Mombacho, though Heaps is a majority owner. While Sgroi is no longer actively working with the company, he will still maintain part ownership in Mombacho, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

The Nicaraguan Tobacco Chamber includes 26 members representing 95 percent of exported cigars and tobacco from Nicaragua, the leading exporter of premium cigars to the United States. The organization is also instrumental in holding Puro Sabor, Nicaragua’s cigar festival.

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