Cannabis Career Watch | New Hires and Promotions July 26, 2019

Acreage Holdings appoints new executives, MJardin Group transitions talent, Cresco Labs taps HR expert, Viridian Capital and Kadenwood appoint new advisory board members.

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Acreage Holdings, has hired Alfred Miranda to the position of senior vice president, chief information officer; Laurence Wolfe to the position of senior vice president, manufacturing and distribution; and has appointed Rhonda Kratz general manager in the state of Florida.

Miranda joins Acreage from MedMen Enterprises Inc., where he served as senior vice president, technology and developed an integrated and compliant seed to sale platform.

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Wolfe joins Acreage from Gartner, Inc. where he was a leadership partner in supply chain advisory and consultancy. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of operations for Heineken USA, where he was responsible for end-to-end supply chain management across the U.S.

Kratz joined Acreage in April 2019 from Nationwide Vision, where she served as senior vice president and led sales and operations for 109 stores across the nation. Prior to that, she served as chief operating officer at For Eyes.


Cannabis producer MJardin Group has appointed current Global Controller Wendy Xue to the position of interim chief financial officer, effective August 1, following the departure of current CFO Chris Seto.

“I’m glad that Wendy is taking the position of interim CFO. I believe her intimate knowledge of the company’s financial reporting, dedication, and leadership makes her well positioned for the role while we conduct our search process for a permanent appointment,” said Adrian Montgomery, MJardin’s chairman and chief executive officer. “I would also like to thank Chris Seto for his hard work and dedication over the past year as a key member of our executive team and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”


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Angie Demchenko

Cresco Labs Inc., a vertically integrated multistate cannabis operator, has tapped Angie Demchenko to serve as the company’s first “chief people officer.” Demchenko most recently served as vice president, head of human resources at Starwood Retail Partners. In her new role, Demchenko will be responsible for performance management, recruitment, compensation, and employee benefits.

“Angie has an impressive track record of managing the human resources functions of dynamic, high-growth companies,” said Cresco Labs co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Bachtell. “Her experience in building best-in-class HR strategies and operations will be valuable in helping Cresco maintain our strong workplace culture and our focus on our core values and mission as we continue to scale. We believe that Angie is exceptionally well suited to help us achieve our goal of attracting the best talent in the cannabis industry and empowering them with the tools and knowledge to deliver exceptional performance.”


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Kadenwood, LLC a newly formed seed to shelf CBD company, has appointed former Surgeon General Richard Carmona MD, MPH, FACS to its advisory board. Carmona will help the company establish best practices and aid in its efforts to work cohesively with government officials and health experts.

“We are dedicated to establishing Kadenwood as a notable brand that consumers can trust and recognize for high-quality CBD as we roll out product offerings across personal care, food and beverage, pet care, and more,” said Kadenwood co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Erick Dickens. “It is imperative that we work to create the best process from farm-to-shelf and set the standard for the industry on safety within the very confused CBD space. Dr. Carmona will help us in leading the way to introduce trusted products into the health and wellness market. Under his guidance, we are confident that we can shift the perception of CBD working alongside the right government officials to truly set new standards for product introduction.”


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Keith Levy

With tenure at Mars Wrigley, Royal Canin, and Anheuser-Busch, CPG executive Keith Levy has joined the advisory board at Viridian Capital Advisors, a financial and strategic advisory firm for the cannabis industry.

“Keith Levy has been at the top of the food chain at the world’s largest companies in the confectionary, pet food and bev/alcohol industries,” said Viridian founder and President Scott Greiper. “As Viridian advises and finances companies and investors in the cannabis brand and retail sectors, Keith will provide great value to our firm, our clients, and our investors. We are thrilled that he has joined our team.”


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