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The Co-Presidents

The end of the Behike shortage, the latest planting season and counterfeits lead the conversation with the top officials of Cuba’s cigar monopoly
By Gordon Mott | From Top 25 Cigars Of The Year, January/February 2020
The Co-Presidents
Inocente Núñez Blanco and Luis Sánchez-Harguindey Pardo de Vera come across like brothers, or at the very least, best friends. They laugh. They joke. They finish each other’s sentences. The two co-presidents of Habanos S.A. have jointly led the company since 2012, and there’s no sign that either is ready for that partnership to end. “Here, I have a cigar for you,” says Núñez Blanco, a 63-year-old Cuban. He pulls a cigar out of a black case and hands it to Sánchez-Harguindey, a dapper 61-year-old from Spain who arrived late after thinking his counterpart was still in his office down the hall at the company’s Havana headquarters. The cigar is the same brand and size …
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