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company with Booth in 2013.
Aurora also announced that Miguel
Curaleaf Hires
Social Responsibility Leader
Curaleaf Holdings, a vertically
integrated, multistate cannabis
operator headquartered in Wakefield,
Massachusetts, appointed Khadijah
Tribble vice president of corporate
social responsibility.
Before Curaleaf, Tribble
founded Marijuana Matters, a
cannabis-education and advocacy
incubator. She is also the founder
of the Marijuana Policy Trust, a
think tank providing expertise for
building an inclusive and diverse
cannabis industry, and served as
CEO of Ground Game, a health
technologies consultancy. Tribble also
served on many boards and advisory
groups, including the Human Rights
Campaign's Diversity and Inclusion
Advisory Board, and was a founding
member of the National LGBTQ
Chamber of Commerce Supplier
Diversity Committee.
Aurora Founders Out,
Commercial Officer In
After stepping down as Aurora
Cannabis CEO in February, co-founder
Terry Booth left the board of
directors in late June. Under Booth's
stewardship, the Alberta-based
company spent roughly $3.2 billion
(CA$4.5 billion) on mergers and
acquisitions from 2017 through 2019.
More recently, Aurora has had to shed
hundreds of jobs.
The president and director of
Aurora's board, Steve Dobler, also
retired June 30. He co-founded the
Martin, president of Aurora USA and
CEO of Reliva, a CBD subsidiary in
Natick, Massachusetts, was appointed
chief commercial officer of Aurora. Martin
replaces Darren Karasiuk, who had
held the position since February 2019.
Martin became president of Aurora USA
after it acquired Reliva in May 2020.
Before joining Reliva, Martin was the
president of Logic Technology, a manufacturer
of electronic cigarettes. He also
served as a senior vice president and
general manager at Altria Group.
New York CBD Brand Gains COO
Marketing and operations specialist
Barney Stacher joined High Falls Hemp
NY, a CBD and wellness brand in High
Falls, New York, as chief operations
officer. Stacher was previously executive
sales director of Azuca's CBD division.
He also chaired Vistage International,
a chief executive-membership
organization with more than 14,000
members, and co-founded Teany
Beverages, an iced tea company.
Vertosa Promotion
Oakland, California-based Vertosa, a
cannabis technology company that
creates THC and other cannabinoid
emulsions for infused product
companies, promoted Austin
Stevenson from vice president of
products and innovation to chief
innovation officer. As a founding team
member, Stevenson was instrumental
in the commercialization of Vertosa's
flagship emulsion systems.
Before signing on with Vertosa,
Portland, Oregon, Gets
New Cannabis Liaison
The Office of Community & Civic
Life in Portland, Oregon, appointed
Dasheeda Dawson, a veteran
marijuana entrepreneur and activist,
as its new Cannabis Program
Supervisor. Dawson, who is based
Stevenson built the regulatory hemp/CBD
testing program for Eurofins Scientific,
a multinational food-, environmentand
product-testing services company.
Stevenson is also a founding board
member and elected treasurer of the
Cannabis Beverage Association as
well as former management associate
for Citigroup Microfinance, where he
worked to fund minority- and womenowned
businesses.
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in Portland, is a board member of
Doctors for Cannabis Regulation,
co-founder of the Cannabis Education
Advocacy Symposium & Expo and
founder and CEO of MJM, a cannabisfocused
management consulting
firm. She also has held several other
leadership roles inside and outside
the cannabis sector.
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