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IndustryPlayers | New Hires & Promotions
By Omar Sacirbey
A look at some recent
hiring moves in the
marijuana industry
Mainstream Retail Vet Moves Into the Marijuana Fast Lane
" They don't have to go through this
rendon Lynch discovered how
fast the cannabis industry
moves when he was recently
hired as Jushi Holdings' executive vice
president for retail.
Lynch had served as chief
retail officer at Los Angeles-based
Therabody for about six months when
he was contacted by an executive
recruiter who saw his profile on
LinkedIn and thought he'd be a great
fit for the position at Jushi.
Within a week, Lynch met Jushi
executives for interviews. Nine days later, he
accepted the company's job offer.
" That was one of the things that was appealing
to me about Jushi: They make decisions quickly, "
said Lynch, who also held executive posts at
Anthropologie, TOMS and Rudy's Barbershop.
kind of typical, somewhat bureaucratic
process when they feel like they've
found the right person. That was
refreshing. "
Lynch added that he wouldn't have
taken just any executive post. He
is excited to spend 20%-30% of his
time working on challenges unique
to cannabis. " If this were more of a
traditional business or retail business ...
honestly, I probably wouldn't be doing it.
It's kind of, 'Been there done that.'
" Being able to educate the customers is really,
really critical. Many customers are new to cannabis,
and many have some hesitancy around it. Being
able to help people understand how it's grown, how
clean it is and then, ultimately, how it can help them
is paramount. "
B
CFO With Tech Roots Joins Curaleaf
Curaleaf Holdings, an international
provider of cannabis products,
appointed Ranjan Kalia as chief
financial officer. He succeeds Michael
Carlotti, who is stepping down.
Since 2008, Kalia served as
executive vice president and chief
financial officer of Virtusa Corp., a
digital strategy, digital engineering and
IT services company with more than
25,000 employees globally. His duties
included controllership, financial
planning and analysis, treasury, tax
and internal audit.
Before Virtusa, Kalia spent eight
years with EMC Corp., including as vice
president of finance and chief financial
officer for the Asia-Pacific region.
He also held senior financial,
controller and audit positions
at GE Capital, PepsiCo and
PricewaterhouseCoopers and served as
a board director and audit committee
member for Polaris Consulting &
Services from 2016 to 2018.
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New Ops Leader for Arizona MSO
Tilt Holdings, a Phoenix-based provider
of cannabis business solutions,
including inhalation technologies,
cultivation, manufacturing, processing
and retail, hired Dana Arvidson as
chief operating officer.
Arvidson most recently was vice
president of corporate development
for PhyNet Dermatology, a physician
practice-management company
in Franklin, Tennessee, and led
acquisition, practice valuation,
negotiation of terms and integrating
practices.
Arvidson previously served as vice
president of capital markets and
investor relations for First Marblehead
Corp. in Boston.
As Tilt COO, Arvidson will provide
operational leadership for the
company's strategic objectives and
establish key performance indicators
to gauge efficiency and effectiveness
of internal and external operational
processes.
Columbia Care Expands Board
New York-based Columbia Care, one
of the largest multistate cannabis
operators, appointed Philip Goldberg,
former CEO and co-founder of Green
Leaf Medical, to its board of directors.
Goldberg co-founded Green Leaf in
2014 and grew the company into a
multistate operator in the mid-Atlantic
region with 500 full-time employees,
400,000 square feet of cultivation
space, three extraction labs and 10
dispensary licenses across Maryland,
Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Goldberg served as Green Leaf's CEO
until the company was acquired by
Columbia Care in June.
Oklahoma Food Safety Board
Taps Dispensary CEO
Blake Cantrell, CEO of The Peak
Dispensary, an Oklahoma City-based
chain of medical cannabis stores, was
appointed to the Oklahoma Medical
Marijuana Authority's Food Safety
Standards Board (FSSB).
Brendon Lynch

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