Leadership promotions to advance and grow the company across the specialty tobacco category.
(June 2021) Kretek International, Inc. (Kretek), the leading importer, marketer, and distributor of
specialty tobacco products in the United States, announces a series of senior management promotions
to advance company growth across its subsidiaries.
Jason Carignan, currently Chief Marketing Officer of Kretek, will become President of Phillips & King
International and TMG International. Carignan’s new role will involve the strategic expansion and digital
transformation of the Phillips & King and TMG businesses to serve the evolving needs of independent
retailers across the country. Sergio Montolfo, EVP and General Manager, will report to Carignan and will
continue in his role overseeing sales and operations of the business.
Jason Carignan joined the company in 2014 and is credited with the strong growth of Kretek’s many
proprietary brands and subsidiaries. Most recently, Carignan served as President of Dryft Sciences, LLC,
a Kretek subsidiary, where he led the start-up, manufacture and commercialization of the successful line
of Dryft nicotine pouches until the company’s sale to Modoral Brands Inc. in November, 2020.
“I have tremendous confidence in Jason Carignan, who has championed many of the company’s key
successes over the years,” says Sean Cassar, Kretek’s President. “With Jason at the helm of Phillips &
King, we’re ready to rapidly advance our business modernization efforts in order to capitalize on the
many growth opportunities ahead and to achieve our corporate objectives.”
Additionally, Albert Jose, currently Director of Kretek Marketing, has been promoted to Senior Vice
President of Sales & Marketing for Kretek. Albert joined Kretek in 2012, when he began as a Brand
Manager, and over the past nine years has led marketing and brand management efforts for many of
the company’s most important products including Djarum and Cuban Rounds. In moving into his new
role, Albert Jose’s duties will expand to include oversight for all of Kretek’s dedicated sales channels and
their related marketing programs and product development efforts.
“The Djarum and Cuban Rounds product portfolios represent significant growth opportunities for the
company,” says Sean Cassar. “We look forward to Albert Jose and the entire sales and marketing team
working together to expand distribution and build on the strong sales and margin growth our company
has achieved over the years.”
Both Jason Carignan’s and Albert Jose’s role will take effect immediately.