Cannabis Career Watch | New Hires and Promotions March 5, 2021

Data solutions provider Fyllo appointed long-time board member Katie Ford to the role of chief operating officer. Recognized by Ad Age as one of the “Women to Watch” and by Campaign US as a leading “Media Maven,” Ford brings to Fyllo more than twenty years of experience in media and technology. In her most recent role, she served as head of global brands at Twitter.

“Katie has been an incredible partner since day one, always believing in the company and its mission,” said Fyllo Chief Executive Officer Chad Bronstein. “She was the first person to join our Board and has been instrumental in Fyllo’s creation, growth, and development.”


California cannabis distributor HERBL named Chemistry Holdings founder Josh Held to the role of chief strategy officer. He previously served as chief executive officer at Made by Science.

“Josh is joining at a pivotal time for both the company and the space, in general,” said HERBL Chief Executive Officer Mike Beaudry. “His depth in corporate development, deal origination, business planning, and strategies makes him a great addition to our executive team.”

Nashville-based hemp company NuSachi appointed Matt Storey to the newly created role of senior vice president of global business development. The company also promoted J. Mitchell from director of product development to president.

“J. Mitchell is a battle-tested expert who brings broad perspectives and a shared passion for the power of the plant,” said NuSachi Chief Executive Officer Mark Montgomery. “J. is admired by our team and trusted by our investors. Most importantly, J. runs tight day-to-day operations and continues to surprise and delight our clients from seed to sale.”

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J. Mitchell

“Matt Storey guided growth for a worldwide CBD leader and is accomplished in building brands that utilize botanicals to promote well-being,” added Chief Marketing Officer Tonya Lewis. “Whether white label, private label, or a completely innovative new idea, we look forward to Matt’s work in helping NuSachi clients stand out with high-end custom product lines.”

Matt Storey

Twenty-year Walgreens veteran Jeremy Kunicki joined multi-state cannabis operator Parallel as chief financial officer. Interim CFO James Whitcomb will resume the role of chief development officer.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeremy to Parallel’s executive leadership team,” said Parallel Chief Executive Officer William “Beau” Wrigley, Jr. “Jeremy’s expertise in translating strategy into tangible corporate initiatives that drive growth will be a vital asset as Parallel continues to scale as a national cannabis well-being company. Most importantly, his community-focused values, passion for prioritizing consumer health, and track record of building high performance teams align perfectly with our culture.”

Effective April 2, Steve Goertz will replace Glen Leibowitz as chief financial officer at Acreage Holdings. Goertz joins the company from Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp. Prior to that, he served as CFO at sgsco, CFO at goeasy Ltd., and in various finance and accounting roles at Sobeys, Maple Leaf Foods, and Deloitte.

“We are delighted to welcome Steve to the Acreage team,” said Acreage Chief Executive Officer Peter Caldini. “Steve’s extensive experience as a public company CFO, his deep expertise in complex transactions, and his recent experience in the cannabis industry make him ideal to lead Acreage’s finance and accounting functions as we continue to effectively implement our growth strategies.”

Multi-national operator Clever Leaves appointed Hank Hague as its new Chief Financial Officer, replacing interim CFO Amit Pandey who will transition to executive vice president of finance. Hague previously served as CFO for Abacus Health Products where he managed the due diligence and sale process of Abacus to Charlotte’s Web Holdings.

“We are thrilled to welcome Hank to the Clever Leaves team,” said Clever Leaves Chief Executive Officer Kyle Detwiler. “Hank has an impressive corporate background, and he has demonstrated exceptional financial and strategic leadership in his previous roles. Hank will be an invaluable asset as our company continues to expand our global commercial footprint and distribution network.”

Directorial and advisory board changes and additions:

MATTIO Communications Chief Executive Officer Rosie Mattio and Matthew Kressy, founding director of MIT’s integrated design and management program, joined the newly formed advisory board at Agrify.

Pete Karabas replaced BDSA Co-founder Roy Bingham as chairman of the board. Bingham will continue to serve as a board director.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy elected Minority Cannabis Business Association President Jason Ortiz to serve as executive director, replacing interim co-executive directors Rachel Wissner and Luis Montoya.

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