Supreme Cannabis' interim president and CEO Navdeep Dhaliwal has left the company.
Supreme Cannabis (TSX: FIRE) announced today its Board of Directors has named Colin Moore, Director of the Company and former President of Starbucks Coffee Canada, as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Moore succeeds Navdeep Dhaliwal, who has departed the Company. The Company is in the process of engaging a leading, nationally recognized search firm to identify and evaluate a new CEO to lead Supreme Cannabis in its next phase of profitable, long-term growth.
"Today, with Supreme Cannabis firmly established as one of the world's fastest-growing, premium plant driven-lifestyle companies and our industry entering its second phase, the Board determined that the Company would benefit from leadership with the skills and experience to accelerate our growth and transformation into a leading cannabis CPG company," Supreme Cannabis Board Chairman, Michael La Brier said. "We are fortunate to have Colin Moore stepping up to serve as our Interim CEO and lead our efforts to drive long-term, profitable growth and shareholder value during this transitional period."
"Colin's 40 years of experience driving growth and efficiencies in branded, consumer-facing industries, including as President of Starbucks Coffee Canada, in addition to his deep knowledge of the business and strong ties with the management team, will be essential to accelerating our momentum during this important and transformative period," continued Mr. La Brier.
"Supreme Cannabis has built a strong foundation for the future, including award-winning premium brands that are recognized coast-to-coast, industry-leading quality and dedication to operational excellence, and committed, talented people," said Colin Moore, Interim CEO and Director.
Going forward, we have a tremendous opportunity to drive profitable growth and cash flow by expanding our market position across all market segments and with new strains and product forms. Colin Moore, Interim CEO and Director of Supreme.
Moore went on to say that "greater efficiencies and speed to market will come by rightsizing our production, overhead and capital. As we begin the search for the Company's next leader, I'm excited to get to work immediately on these priorities with a great team that is committed to delivering on Supreme Cannabis's great potential."
Mr. Moore brings a wealth of public market, consumer goods and operational experience to his role Interim Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Cannabis, in addition to his current role as a member on the Company's Board of Directors, which he joined in May 2018.
Previously, Mr. Moore was the President of Starbucks Canada from 2002 to 2011. Under his leadership, the Canadian business expanded to 1,180 retail locations from 315, and more than $1 billion in annual revenue. His responsibilities included company and licensed store retail locations, as well as foodservice sales. In 2008, Mr. Moore expanded his geographic responsibilities to include Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. As president of the Americas, Mr. Moore led the company and focused on licensing and joint venture markets, including the buy-out of a partner in Brazil. In his subsequent corporate role as SVP, Enterprise Optimization at Starbucks, Mr. Moore worked across the global organization to unlock value by reducing store operations waste and streamlining go-to-market processes.
Before joining Starbucks, Mr. Moore held the position of President at the Mosaic Group Inc., a marketing services company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Prior to Mosaic, he spent 22 years with PepsiCo and its successor restaurant company Tricon Global Restaurants (now Yum! Brands Inc.). Mr. Moore holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
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