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Neil Kiely named Swisher President & CEO

Jeffrey Brown tapped as Executive Vice President of Swisher Sales

The Board of Directors of Swisher has announced two appointments to its Executive Leadership Team. Neil Kiely was named President & CEO after serving the past year as President. Additionally, Jeffrey Brown has taken the position of Executive Vice President of Swisher Sales. Brown was previously the General Manager of E-Alternative Solutions, LLC (EAS), a sister company of Swisher.

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Neil Kiely was named President & CEO of Swisher after serving the past year as President. (Photo: Swisher)

Neil Kiely was named President & CEO of Swisher after serving the past year as President. (Photo: Swisher)

As President & CEO, Kiely leads the strategic growth, transformation, and diversification of Swisher’s robust portfolio of products for adult consumers in a variety of lifestyle categories, bringing over three decades of experience growing and transforming consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. Kiely has rapidly set the strategic framework for Swisher’s transformation into new categories, emerging channels, and the e-commerce space.

One of Kiely’s first moves as President & CEO was to tap Brown, who brings more than 37 years of industry and leadership experience in several CPG categories, including cigars, e-vapor and CBD – to lead Swisher Sales. At EAS, Brown was responsible for developing and staffing the team from the ground up and developing and implementing strategic plans for new products.

“Jeff has shown tremendous growth since joining EAS in 2014 and has demonstrated the leadership and acumen required for managing Swisher’s global sales strategy,” said Kiely. “Between his experience leading large sales teams and introducing new products in innovative ways, Jeff has earned this opportunity and is well equipped to lead us as we continue to transform and diversify our product portfolio.”

The Kiely and Brown appointments follow the recent transition of Chris Howard to the role of Executive Vice President, External Affairs and New Product Compliance. Kiely, Brown, and Howard are part of the company’s executive leadership team, which comprises Jacinta Carter, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, People & Culture; Christopher Casey, Executive Vice President, Legal/General Counsel; and Edward Barlow, Senior Vice President, Operations.

About Swisher:

Swisher is an international leading lifestyle company for adult consumers. Best known for their Swisher Sweets Cigars, the company is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida with a global manufacturing presence in Santiago, Dominican Republic; Esteli, Nicaragua and Wheeling, West Virginia. Swisher’s superior customer relationships matched with an unwavering commitment to innovative thinking and action have driven the company to grow and adapt to the evolving preferences of adult consumers for over 162 years. Visit to learn more.


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