Today Davidoff of Geneva has announced that Dylan Austin will become the company’s new Vice President of Sales and Marketing in the USA. Austin currently serves and will continue to serve as Vice President of Marketing for several brands in the portfolio, while taking on the responsibility of overseeing the company’s sales organization.
Austin has been in the cigar industry since 2005. In 2008, he came over to Davidoff following the company’s acquisition of Camacho Cigars. During this time he oversaw the revamping of the Camacho brand in 2013. He also added marketing responsibilities involving brands such as AVO, Baccarat, Cusano, The Griffin’s, and Zino Platinum. Austin will continue to oversee the marketing efforts of those brands.
As for the marketing of the Davidoff named brands, S.T. Dupont and Davidoff of Geneva Since 1911 retail stores, those responsibilities will continue to be handled by Richard Krutick. Both Krutick and Austin will report to Jim Young, President of Davidoff North America.
“As competition continues to become more aggressive in our newly-regulated industry, the lines between sales and marketing continue to blur. The time has come for our company to align marketing and commercial efforts into one single approach. Dylan Austin is a performance-driven professional with deep industry knowledge and relationships – he has orchestrated some of our most impactful sales and marketing initiatives over the past half decade. Through his appointment as Vice President of Sales and Marketing – USA, we will confidently strengthen the position of our brands and our company within the marketplace, enhance our relationships with retail stakeholders, and further drive our critical Indispensable Business Partner platform forward,” commented Jim Young in a press release.
“It is with great pride and energy that I accept my appointment as the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Our company has not only great brands, but also one of the best commercial teams in the business. It is my honor to lead them into the future, forging deeper relationships with our network of retail/channel partners, and further drive the success of our great cigar portfolio,” said Dylan Austin.
The move comes as the company has also announced that its current Vice President of Sales, Jeffrey Lee is retiring after 22 years.