Cannabis Career Watch | New Hires and Promotions April 24, 2020

Trulieve, Harborside, hempSMART, Leafline Industries, and TerrAscend make executive changes; Cansortium makes change to board; Kannaway announces promotions.

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Upon the resignation of Chief Financial Officer Mohan Srinivasan, Trulieve appointed Alex D’Amico to the position of CFO, effective June 1, 2020. The company’s controller and Director of Financial Reporting Ryan Blust will act as interim CFO until that time.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Alex D’Amico as CFO, and as a member of our executive team. Trulieve has experienced significant growth over the last few years and we look forward to continuing that trajectory with a strong leader whose management expertise and broad accounting and finance background will support us as we continue to progress,” said Kim Rivers, chief executive officer for Trulieve. “We believe this will be a smooth transition with Ryan Blust as interim CFO. Ryan has been with Trulieve since our RTO in 2018 and has been a core member of our team. His history with Trulieve, along with deep IFRS and GAAP financial reporting experience, will be key assets during this transition period.”


Marian Robinson joined Harborside as vice president of human resources. Prior to joining Harborside, Robinson served as senior director of human resources at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in San Jose, CA. She also held senior management positions with companies including Orchard Supply Hardware and Target.

“Company culture is extremely important to Harborside and finding and maintaining the right talent helps us remain a top player in the industry,” said Peter Bilodeau, chairman and interim chief executive officer for Harborside. “Marian is an experienced leader with a proven track record of creating unique and dynamic cultures. We are confident she will implement positive change, helping our employees grow professionally and attracting talent with similar ideals and visions.”

Marijuana Company of America appointed Gloria Albarran Lynch to the role of chief marketing officer for hempSMART Corporate. Lynch will lead hempSMART’s corporate marketing strategy, directing the launch of its new product lines.

“I am truly delighted to have this once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Lynch. “For me it is really a dream come true to be able to design and develop these superior product lines, as an extension to the established premium hempSMART products. The brand name is already well respected, and now we will be positioned to engage a larger audience of potential customers in “niche” markets. … I am excited for our Future!”

Cansortium appointed pharmacist Roger Daher to its board of directors. Daher is currently a practicing owner/partner in seven Ontario Pharmasave pharmacies, one of Canada’s leading independent pharmacy franchises. He also is a member of the Pharmasave Ontario board of directors, where he serves as treasurer.

“We are pleased to welcome Roger to the Cansortium board,” said Executive Chairman Neal Hochberg. “His extensive experience in patient care and pharmacy operations will be extremely valuable as the company continues to expand its Fluent dispensary network to serve the growing number of medical marijuana patients throughout Florida.”

Leafline Industries named Mitchel Chargo to the roles of general counsel and executive vice president. Chargo’s previous practice experience involved a broad mix of business, banking and commercial real estate transactions, legal compliance, and commercial litigation.

“We are delighted to welcome Mitch to the Leafline portfolio of companies and to our executive team,” said Leafline Industries Chairman of the Board Brennan McAlpin. “Mitch brings considerable legal expertise, judgment, and entrepreneurial creativity to our companies. This is complemented by his extensive compliance experience. Mitch’s breadth of experience makes him a terrific addition to our team, and we look forward to his contributing to the continued growth of the Leafline companies.”

In addition to several personnel changes, TerrAscend announced plans to relocate its financial operations to its U.S. headquarters in New York City. As part of the move, Toronto-based Adam Kozak will step down as chief financial officer and New York-based Keith Stauffer will assume the role of CFO. Jason Ackerman will transition from interim chief executive officer to permanent CEO.

“Since joining TerrAscend, Jason has brought a renewed focus on operational excellence,” said TerrAscend chairman Jason Wild. “Jason’s deep retail, distribution and operations experience is second to none and his oversight of our operating divisions has aligned our team in pursuing financially prudent, high-growth opportunities. We are thrilled to have him transition into this leadership role permanently as we continue to build North America’s leading cannabis company.”

Medical Marijuana, Inc. announced its subsidiary Kannaway has promoted Managing Director European Division Janne Heimonen to managing director of international and Chief Marketing Officer Stephen Jones to the position of president.

“Heimonen has brought great leadership and professional expertise to our team while leading our European division to continued success,” said Kannaway Chief Executive Officer Blake Schroeder. “We are confident that he will be just as successful with our entire international development and expansion and look forward to watching all that he accomplishes.

“Over the past three years, Stephen has added tremendous value to our executive team as chief marketing officer and we are more than confident that he has the passion and talent to take our company to the next level in his new role,” added Schroeder. “He has helped us create a more cohesive brand message that tells consumers and partners alike our mission and our dedication to providing world-class CBD products and education around the globe.”

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