Cannabis Career Watch | New Hires and Promotions November 6, 2020

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Edibles producer Wana Brands promoted two of its directors: Director of Remote Operations Stephanie Daley will assume the role of vice president of market expansion and Director of Innovation Mike Hennesy will assume the role of vice president of innovation.

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Stephanie Daley and Mike Hennesy

“As Wana Brands marks its tenth anniversary, we are proud of our number one position both in innovation and market footprint. Stephanie and Mike have been integral in achieving this level of success,” said Wana Brands Chief Executive Officer Nancy Whiteman.

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“Under Stephanie’s leadership Wana has grown from one market to ten, and in the midst of a global pandemic, she re-worked procedures and processes to successfully double our footprint,” Whiteman continued. “She’s ideally suited to support Wana’s upward trajectory as the company expands into new legal cannabis markets in the U.S. and internationally.

“Mike has led Wana’s bold innovation of cannabinoid science for the past several years, which has been another reason for Wana’s sales and market-share growth,” Whiteman added. “What really distinguishes Mike is his absolute passion for the plant and its potential to change the world for the better and make it healthier, coupled with his unique ability to translate complex scientific and technological concepts into understandable benefits. Plus, his comedic timing is impeccable.”


Jeff Malinovitz and Clyde Story have both taken on the role of cultivator at Radiko Holdings Corp’s Carson City, Nevada, facility. The award-winning team will oversee genetics selection and overall cultivation operations as well as manufacturing, marketing, and sales of final product.

“I have worked with Jeff Malinovitz for the past eight years and cannot think of a better suited cultivation team than Jeff, Clyde, and their team for this task at hand,” said Radiko Holdings Chief Executive Officer Steve Gormley. “Jeff is that rare talent who brings the science and creative together to create world class product, and also possesses practical skills necessary to run a successful business. This team is often cited among the who’s who of cannabis and, by nearly anyone in the industry, credited as one of the top cultivators in the business.”


Phoenix-based TILT Holdings promoted Gary Santo to the role of president and named Interim Chief Financial Officer Brad Hoch to the full-time role of CFO

“Since joining TILT, Gary’s experience transforming strategy into action, together with his deep capital markets background and exposure to multi-state cannabis operations has allowed him to positively impact our business,” said TILT Chief Executive Officer Mark Scatterday, CEO of. “I look forward to him continuing to help drive growth opportunities across our portfolio….We’re also excited to officially welcome Brad into the CFO role and look forward to him continuing to add value to our company and bottom line.”


Pet health CBD brand Pet Releaf welcomed Rod Millott as its new chief financial officer. He joins the company from Papa & Barkley where he served as CFO for more than three years.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rod to the Pet Releaf team and are confident he will make an immediate impact on our business operations,” said Stephen Smith, co-founder and president at Pet Releaf. “We are experiencing momentous growth, and it became critical that we add the role of CFO to our leadership team. With his vast financial experience, Rod is a natural fit for the company.”


Victor Mancebo resigned from his role as chief executive officer at Liberty Health Sciences. He also will relinquish his seat on the company’s board of directors. George J. Gremse will serve as interim CEO.

“We are grateful for Victor’s leadership and contributions,” said Liberty Health Sciences chairman of the board William R. Pfeiffer. “As a board member and an officer of the company Victor was instrumental in building Liberty into the company that it is today with a network of dispensaries spanning the state of Florida. We thank Victor for those efforts and wish him the very best on all his future endeavors.”


Directorial and advisory board changes and additions:

North American cannabis operator TerrAscend appointed Ed Schutter to its board of directors. Schutter is a registered pharmacist and currently serves as chief executive officer at Arbor Pharmaceuticals.

Organigram Holdings Chief Executive Officer Greg Engel joined the board of directors at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce where he will serve on the member relations and services committee.


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