Ventura Cigar Company Sharpens its Focus with Promotion of Michael Giannini as General Manager

April 17, 2018

Ventura Cigar Company (VCC) has announced today that Michael Giannini, the company’s recently acquired Creative Director, has been promoted to General Manager. In his new role Mr. Giannini will retain his role as Creative Director allowing him to drive the direction and evolution of Ventura Cigar Company and its exemplary products.

The company describes Mr. Giannini as a charismatic innovator who has been leading the brand vision and development for VCC and its proprietary products.

In response to his latest promotion, Michael noted:

“I am so proud and honored to accept my new responsibilities as Ventura Cigar Company’s General Manager. As we continue to receive top ratings for our Archetype, PSyKO, and Case Study brands, we’re also forging bold, straight paths toward new products and steady growth. This move is really a natural progression of my career and will be a seamless transition as the brands evolve.”

Michael Giannini

Michael Giannini

Michael Giannini has an extensive resume in the premium cigar industry that goes back over 2 decades starting as a pipe tobacco blender and store clerk. He eventually found his way to General Cigar after a working for Ashton Distributors, Inc. At General Cigar he worked on the famed La Gloria Cubana brand. Six years ago he started the Foundry Cigar Co. (A General Cigar Company) where he honed his creative talents on some amazing unconventional cigar releases.

Ventura Cigar Company stated:

“Michael Giannini will draw upon his extensive background in the premium cigar industry to establish and pursue business strategies and goals for the Ventura Cigar Company. He will determine objectives, visions, and product development, while maintaining operational missions and overall growth.”

Jason Carignan, CMO of Kretek, parent company of VCC further notes:


“Elevating Michael Giannini to the role of General Manager was a no-brainer. I’ve been very impressed with his detailed knowledge of the industry, products, channels, and customers. And his passion for pushing boundaries, creating excitement, and guiding the Ventura Cigar Company brand in new directions is limitless.

I am confident that Michael will do a remarkable job in his new position and know that the Ventura Cigar Company will benefit greatly from his leadership and ability to successfully drive and champion our sales teams and their continuing success.”

In his new position, the Sales, Marketing, and Operations at Ventura Cigar Company will all report to Michael Giannini as General Manager, effective immediately.

Giannini has recognized the talented team he has been charged with by stating:

“VCC has assembled a passionate team of talented professionals with skills and capabilities that are second-to-none. I am proud to lead this extraordinary group of people and believe that together we’ll truly go far in bringing VCC and its products to new heights.

For more information about VCC and its offerings, please visit

About Ventura Cigar Company

Ventura Cigar Company (VCC) is a unique cigar brand born in sunny Southern California that is on a mission to create memorable, complex cigar blends that excite the senses and reward discriminating palates. Their flagship Archetype, Case Study, Project805, and PSyKo SEVEN brands offer multiple award-winning blends that earned 90+ ratings in Cigar Aficionado, Cigar & Spirits, and Cigar Snob.

Archetype’s Axis Mundi won #13 Cigar of the Year for 2017 from Cigar Aficionado. Ventura Cigar Company also distributes the 4th Generation and Comoy’s of London line of pipe tobacco products, extending its reach and tradition of offering top-quality tobacconist products. Pipes and blends under these brands are cultivated through generations of craftsmanship, making them longtime favorites of pipe tobacco enthusiasts.

You can read the extensive Stogie Press reviews of the Ventura Lineup of cigars here.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *