Dir. of Tax & Legal ComplianceKretek International, Inc.
Hoo Tjhiang (HT) Han has been a part of the international tobacco industry for more than 25 years. He is the Director of Tax and Legal Compliance at Kretek International and Phillips & King International, where he has been for more than 11 years. His department engages in monitoring changes in tobacco regulations at all levels that affect their business, and oversees tax and regulatory reporting in all 50 states. He recently expanded his role into business intelligence and analytics.
Prior to joining Kretek, Hoo Tjhiang was with the Indonesia-based Djarum Group for 15 years, engaging in many areas of the group businesses related to tobacco and other consumer products. For the last seven years with Djarum, he served as the US Legal Compliance Officer.
Hoo Tjhiang is the 2nd generation in his family to be engaged in tobacco business – his father worked for the Djarum Group for 25 years in Indonesia and Singapore and was deeply involved with the group diversification efforts in the late 80’s and 90’s.
Born in the Netherlands, and raised in Singapore, Hoo Tjhiang has a Bachelor’s degree from Occidental College, an MBA in Information Systems from California Lutheran University, and most recently completed his Data Science certification at University of California at Irvine.
Hoo Tjhiang makes his home with wife Justine and son Tyler in the beach town of Ventura, CA.
Kretek International is a US tobacco importer, a Subsequent Participating Manufacturer to the Master Settlement Agreement, and the exclusive U. S. marketer and distributor of Djarum cigars, Dreams cigars, and DjEEP lighters. Its subsidiary Phillips & King is the nation's largest distributor of specialty tobacco, vapor, and alternative smoking products and accessories, licensed to sell tobacco in all 50 states.