Cigar Aficionado

Janelle Rosenfeld Leaves Altadis

Janelle Rosenfeld Leaves Altadis
Photo/Jonathan Lockwood Smith
Rosenfeld, center, at the April 2017 Night to Remember Dinner, worked in the cigar industry for nearly 22 years.

Janelle Rosenfeld, vice president of marketing for Altadis U.S.A. Inc., one of the world’s largest producers of handmade cigars, has left the company. Rosenfeld, 55, began working for the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, company in the spring of 1996 (back when it was known as Consolidated Cigar Corp.) nearly 22 years ago.

“On behalf of everyone at Altadis U.S.A., I would like to thank Janelle for her incredible contribution to the business,” said Rob Norris, president of the company, in a statement. “She has been the driving force behind many ground-breaking initiatives within the company and the industry. The next phase of her career will no doubt be just as exciting.”

Altadis, a unit of Imperial Brands PLC of Bristol, England, makes the non-Cuban versions of Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann and many other cigars.

“I’ve had a great run. I’ve been a part of a lot of growth, fun and exciting initiatives. Now it’s time for me to move on and pursue other passions,” said Rosenfeld in a conversation with Cigar Aficionado earlier this morning. “I love the premium cigar industry and I love everyone in it. My heart will always be closely intertwined with the premium cigar industry.”