Kaizad Hansotia resigns from Gurkha. In the aftermath of the extremely insensitive Facebook posting made by the Gurkha president and CEO, he now resigns. Last Saturday, two posts were seen on Hansotia’s personal Facebook post. A negative comment about the Black Lives Matter movement, plus a meme with the criminal record of George Floyd. Now, even though the criminal record of George Floyd is factual, it does not change a thing that he is killed by a police officer who also has an impressive record. Plus other screenshots from the past showed up, with even more disgusting content.
When the online cigar community reacted with outrage, Hansotia deleted his Facebook account. Gurkha released a statement that they believe that Hansotia’s account was hacked. But not many people believed that, as the posts were in line with the posts that he made over the last few years. Up till now, Gurkha keeps insisting that Hansotia was hacked. But no proof has been provided. Gurkha should post some evidence and a police report of the hacking. When the future of your company is endangered by a hacker, the FBI is brought in. That none of this happened will only fuel the beliefs of the sceptics.
Due to recent events, Kaizad Hansotia is resigning his position as the Chairman of Gurkha, effective immediately. Jim Colucci will assume the role of CEO and President of the company. Mr. Colucci has been with Gurkha since January 1, 2019, when he assumed full operational control. In addition, once our current packaging inventory is depleted, future packaging will no longer bear the name K. Hansotia. At Gurkha, we believe smoking a cigar should always be an enjoyable and unifying experience.Gurkha Cigars
We are outraged and saddened at the content of previous posts made on Mr. Hansotia’s personal social media accounts. These in no way reflect the position or beliefs of the company, its founding mission, or its employees. We stand in solidarity against racism and for racial justice. We cannot and will not tolerate words or acts of hate, injustice, or oppression.
We understand that because of the actions of our founder, we must work to regain the trust of our customers and the cigar community. We look forward to working toward this goal together.
Colucci is an industry veteran. He was the Executive Vice President of marketing and sales for Altadis USA. And he’s the CEO of Sindicato for the last 7 years. Sindicato is distributed by Gurkha cigars. That’s how Colucci got involved with Gurkha. As the Gurkha statements says, Colucci already had operational control. But now he’s promoted to the role of CEO.
During the Gurkha Town Hall meeting that just took place, Gurkha announced that Hansotia will be selling his share in the company. Hansotia has a 50% stake in Gurkha. But it will take time, as it is a complicated situation. Gurkha is actively looking for a buyer for Hansotia’s stake. Jim Colucci mentioned that it will take at least 45 days before any news can be revealed.
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In our earlier article, we said we would boycott Gurkha due to the posts of Hansotia. Now that Hansotia resigned and is selling his shares in Gurkha, we no longer feel the need to boycott. The statements were made on Kaizad Hansotia’s personal account, and aren’t the opinion of the Gurkha and/or the employees. Therefore we don’t hold a grudge to the Gurkha brand and will post Gurkha news and reviews in the future. Normally we would say “we wish you success in your next endeavor” but to Kaizad Hansotia we say #blacklivesmatter and good riddance.
On a personal note, we give props to Jim Colucci, Juan Lopez, and Christine Martinez de Castro. It would have been an easy decision to cancel the town hall zoom since Kaizad Hansotia resigned. Yet, they decided to host the show anyway, knowing that they would face plenty of angry customers. That takes courage, more courage than their former president and CEO showed.