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The Cannabis Industry Shakeup: The Rise of New Leaders and Board Executives

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National Hispanic Cannabis Council’s New Leader

In a bold move, the National Hispanic Cannabis Council voted to appoint Aaron Lopez as its new executive director, replacing Antonio Valdez.

With his depth of experience and insight, Lopez assumed the role on Nov. 1, bringing renewed vigor and searing passion to the organization.

Enter the CEOs

The New York City-based cannabis vape manufacturer The Blinc Group made a bombshell announcement, appointing Pete Sahani as CEO, succeeding former CEO Arnaud Dumas de Rauly who has now taken on the role of chief experience and science officer (CXSO).

Meanwhile, Buffalo-based 22nd Century Group, Inc. XXII appointed Lawrence (Larry) Firestone as its chairman and CEO. Under his fiery leadership, the company is set to blaze new trails in the industry.

In another seismic shift, Healing Commercial Real Estate Inc. welcomed Joseph Caltabiano as its new chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors, signaling an era of incandescent growth for the company.

Cannabis Board Updates

As the landscape evolves, Canadian cannabis operators Xebra Brands Ltd.’s XBRA XBRAF 9YC and iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. IAN ITHUF have elected new directors to chart their course forward.

Other Appointments

4Front Ventures Corp. FFNT FFNTF welcomed Peter Kampian as its new chief financial officer, bolstering the company’s financial foundation with his expert touch.

Wana Brands promoted Karla Rodriguez as VP of human resources and corporate social responsibility, fortifying its human capital base

Amidst these seismic movements, Jones Soda Co. JSDA appointed Jerry Goldner as chief growth officer (CGO) fueling the company’s future ascent.

FundCanna announced the hiring of Terme Hayempour as the director of partnerships. Hayempour brings an electrifying energy to drive the company’s partnership initiatives to new heights.

FloraWorks Holdings Inc. brought in Dr. Mike McCormick as vice president of strategy, providing a strategic edge that will ignite innovation and growth within the company.

Additionally, Ziel has fortified its team with Jeremy Baker as executive vice president of sales and Andrew Lock as its newest board member.

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