Cannabis Profession Watch | New Hires and Promotions September 20, 2019


Various alterations have been produced to the Golden Leaf Holdings executive group: John Varghese, who served as interim chief executive officer soon after the resignation of Gary Zipfel, has transitioned to the part of executive chairman Jeffrey Yapp has assumed the part of CEO and joined the board of directors Ekaterina (“Kate”) Koustareva is serving as interim chief monetary officer Stan Grissinger has been hired to the position of president Erin Hills was promoted to senior vice president, operations.

“I appear forward to major Golden Leaf Holdings into a new phase of development for each our shareholders and group,” mentioned Yapp. “It is thrilling to be aspect of an business exactly where the operate we do and how we do it has the possible to make such a considerable influence in the top quality of people’s lives. Hardly ever does one particular get the opportunity to operate in an business with such an explosive development chance. I think that Golden Leaf Holdings has the capacity to set a common of excellence that leads and shapes the business. Amongst my very first priorities is to choose and construct a planet-class leadership group, who will come collectively to execute a series of considerable new initiatives.”


Kevin Ma has resigned from Canadian investment organization Nabis Holdings’ board of directors but will continue to supply consulting solutions.

“Kevin has played an integral aspect in constructing the organization as it exists right now and we sincerely thank him for his committed operate and assistance,” mentioned Nabis chief executive officer and director Shay Shnet. “We appear forward to getting his continued wisdom and guidance in a consulting capacity going forward.”

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Bruce Linton

Michigan-primarily based Wolverine Partners Corp. (d.b.a. Gage Cannabis Co.) announced the alter of its corporate name to Gage Development Corp. and has appointed former Canopy Development chief executive officer Bruce Linton to the part of executive chairman.

“Bruce brings unrivaled cannabis business encounter and a confirmed track record of results to our organization,” mentioned Gage President Fabian Monaco. “With his insight and leadership, we anticipate to improve the assistance we supply our health-related sufferers about the state of Michigan. Bruce’s vigor, know-how, and passion for this small business will be crucial drivers in continuing Gage’s development all through Michigan and beyond.”

CB2 Insights has recruited Colombian naturopathic and integrative medicine doctor Dr. Paola Cubillos to lead its health-related cannabis investigation applications as it enters the Columbian industry. In her part as health-related director, Cubillos will help the organization in developing a doctor network and constructing a patient registry.

“There has been strong development in constructive doctor perception all through Colombia, but we are now at an inflection point exactly where cultivators and suppliers need to embrace regular investigation protocols to really commercialize their merchandise in a meaningful way,” mentioned Dr. Cubillos. “CB2 Insights has turn into the go-to name for cannabis-focused investigation applications in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom, and I’m excited to bring that encounter to the Colombian industry.”

Canopy Rivers Inc., a venture capital firm specializing in cannabis, has formed an advisory board to strengthen its international portfolio of major cannabis corporations. Inaugural members of the board involve: John Ruffolo, co-founder and vice chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators Meg Lovell, former co-head of M&ampA and corporate and industrial counsel at Imperial Brands PLC and award-winning advertising strategist Philip Donne.

“We have assembled a group of outstanding folks with exceptional track records as leaders in their respective industries,” mentioned Canopy Rivers President and Chief Executive Officer Narbe Alexandrian. “The Strategic Advisory Board will play an significant part in supplying guidance and insight to Canopy Rivers as we pursue our international development method. With each other, we appear forward to constructing the cannabis business of tomorrow, right now.”

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L-R: Meg Lovell, John Ruffolo, Phil Donne

Sproutly Canada, Inc. has appointed Constantine Constandis as an independent director to its board of directors. With tenures at Pernod Ricard, Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd, and Seagram Enterprise Ltd, Constandis possesses more than 34 years of encounter in the wine and spirits business in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

“We are pretty pleased with the addition of Constantine Constandis to Sproutly’s board of directors,” mentioned chairman and Chief Executive Officer Keith Dolo. “Constantine has been a valued contributor to Sproutly because joining our advisory board final year, and this was the subsequent logical step as we looked to expand our board.… His track record in brand constructing, operations, sales, and advertising in the very-regulated spirits business will prove to be really useful to Sproutly as it continues to create into a major cannabis beverage organization.”

Cannabis Strategic Ventures has appointed 4 new members to its board of directors. George Wen will serve as chairman of the board even though Danny Cheung, Yang Lin, and Pyng Quickly, will serve as independent directors.

Alan Tran and Simon Yu have resigned from their positions on the board. Yu will stay in his part as chief executive officer.

Hemp processor Landrace Bioscience has established an advisory board with 4 founding members: Anthony L. Almada, MSc, FISSN, David Karli, MD, Joe Petrosino, PhD, and Marci van der Meulen.

“At Landrace, each and every step we take is backed by complete investigation and method,” mentioned Landrace Bioscience Chief Executive Officer John DeMoss. “Aligning ourselves with professional counsel continues to additional our objective of pursuing truth and transparency in our improvement of greatest-in-class hemp components for use in the all-natural merchandise business.

“Working with this group of established specialists will enable us to forge a path forward toward creating new innovations and expanding our existing item lines even though solidifying ourselves as leaders inside the business.”

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