Leonardo Garcia-Berg appointed Director of Operations
Erich Mauff steps down as co-chairman and member of the board of directors
BOCA RATON, Florida, June 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Jushi Holdings Inc. (“Jushi” or the “Company”) (CSE: JUSH) (OTCMKTS: JUSHF), a vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operator, announced the appointment of Leonardo “Leo” Garcia-Berg, a former global supply chain manager for Anheuser-Busch InBev (“AB InBev”) (Euronext: ABI) (NYSE: BUD) (MEXBOL: ANB) (JSE: ANH) as Chief Operations Officer of the Company.
In his new role, Mr. Garcia-Berg will be responsible for driving growth and efficiency strategies, as well as mentoring and developing team members in the production and processing facilities of the company currently located in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Nevada and Ohio. Reporting directly to Jushi CEO, President and Founder Jim Cacioppo, Mr. Garcia-Berg will also manage the directors of operations, environmental health and safety, safety, quality control and purchasing of the company. . Jushi will seek regulatory approval, if necessary, to exercise the role and responsibilities of Mr. Garcia-Berg in the various jurisdictions where Jushi is, or will become, licensed as a cannabis operator.
Prior to joining Jushi, Mr. Garcia-Berg held numerous positions at AB InBev, the world’s largest multinational brewing company. In his role as Global Director of Value Creation Programs, Leo has led strategies focused on improving manufacturing, logistics, sourcing and operations at the company’s third-party vendors, including ABI’s vertical operations around the world. In addition, he introduced Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) technologies such as interconnected sensors, instruments and analytics to improve operations, power consumption and efficiency of AB InBev in sites. production of the company globally. Leo was also Director of Brewery Operations for AB InBev in Mexico, overseeing AB InBev’s integration of its Modelo facilities and leading the implementation of ABI’s operational excellence program. Prior to joining AB InBev, Mr. Garcia-Berg was a consultant for McKinsey & Company, focusing on operational strategies, purchasing, organizational transformations, as well as supply chain and process optimization solutions. end to end.
“Leo’s experience in complex international organizations and his success across the value chain is a testament to the great diversity of talented leaders we have attracted here at Jushi,” said Jim Cacioppo, CEO, President and Founder of Jushi. “As we continue to bring more high-quality products to consumers and patients at affordable prices, Leo’s experience in operational efficiency and transforming global supply chains of highly regulated CPG products will help us. through our next phase of growth. I am delighted to welcome him to his new leadership role, and I have no doubts that Leo’s proven track record and alignment with Jushi’s values will be instrumental in accelerating the growth of our company and our shareholders.
Mr. Garcia-Berg added, “Cannabis is a unique generational opportunity, and I am excited about the opportunity to help drive Jushi’s growth and operational efficiency as the company continues to expand. its presence in the US and EU, I look forward to working closely with my new colleagues as we continue to define and reshape the industry.
Originally from Buenos Aires, Mr. Garcia-Berg received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires in Argentina and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
The company also announced today that Erich Mauff will step down as co-chairman and director of the company’s board, effective July 1, 2021. Jushi does not intend to fill the position. immediate co-chair position and will seek to fill the vacant Board seat at the appropriate time. Mr. Mauff’s transition of responsibilities as Co-Chair has been underway for months. Business Development, led by Olivier Blechner, Executive Vice President of Business Development, and Investor Relations, led by Michael Perlman, Executive Vice President of Investor Relations and Treasury, will now report directly to Jim Cacioppo. In addition, Mr. Mauff will remain as a consultant with the Company for the next 24 months to ensure a continuous and smooth transition. Jon Barack will retain his current role as President and will continue to oversee corporate FP&A, real estate, risk management and IT.
Mr. Cacioppo commented: “As Co-Chairman, Board Member and Co-Founder, Erich has helped make Jushi what it is today and has helped position the company for exponential growth over the years. to come up. Erich recently led the company through several stages, including completing a series of private equity and debt financings and helping the company expand its presence in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Illinois. I would like to sincerely thank Erich for all of his contributions during his tenure at Jushi and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
“It has been a great privilege to serve as co-chair and board member of Jushi,” said Mauff. Since the founding of the company in 2018, I have been proud of all that we have accomplished and feel very fortunate to have worked alongside Jim and Jon as we have built an incredible team of talented and dedicated people. I have no doubts that I am leaving the company in excellent hands and well positioned for continued success.
About Jushi Holdings Inc.
We are a vertically integrated cannabis company led by a leading management team. In the United States, Jushi is focused on building a multi-state portfolio of branded cannabis assets through opportunistic acquisitions, struggling practices and competitive applications. Jushi strives to maximize shareholder value while delivering high quality products at all levels of the cannabis ecosystem. For more information, please visit jushico.com or our social media channels, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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