Poor Results Forcing Big Executive Changes

First it was Slang Worldwide this week that saw the departure of the company’s CEO Chris Driessen, along with Board Chair Peter Miller stepping down and several other board members who left. Today, Canopy Growth Corporation (NASDAQ: CGC) announced that  Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mike Lee and President and Chief Product Officer Rade Kovacevic would leave the company on December 31, 2021.

New Canopy Executives

The changes are coming shortly after the company blamed the decline in flower sales in the third quarter on an insufficient supply of flower with in-demand attributes, including higher THC, in the premium and mainstream categories as well heightened competition focused on single strain offerings in the value flower category. Canopy said that it managed to keep its number one market share in the premium flower category but conceded that it fell by 310 bps quarter over quarter. The value flower category maintained its number two market share, but that also dropped by 540 bps from the first quarter.

Canopy Growth named Judy Hong as interim Chief Financial Officer and Tara Rozalowsky as interim Chief Product Officer. In addition to serving as members of the company’s Executive Management Committee, both will report directly to CEO David Klein effective immediately. The company said it has initiated an external search for both roles and to support a seamless transition has

“These decisions reflect Management and the Board’s vision for building a best-in-class organization that is well-positioned to deliver long-term growth and shareholder value,” said David Klein, CEO, Canopy Growth. “We appreciate Mike and Rade’s contributions to advancing Canopy Growth to our position as a cannabis industry leader. Judy and Tara are established leaders who have played pivotal roles during their tenure at Canopy Growth. I am confident in their ability to execute against our strategic priorities as we accelerate our path to profitability,” added David Klein, CEO.

Hexo Corp.

HEXO Corp (NASDAQ: HEXO) announced that Sebastien St-Louis has resigned from HEXO’s Board of Directors. The company also announced that it has appointed President and CEO, Scott Cooper, as a Director to replace Sebastien St-Louis, effective yesterday.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sebastien for over eight years of service on HEXO’s Board of Directors. Through his years of dedication, he has helped build HEXO into a market leader in Canada,” said Dr. Michael Munzar, Chair of the Board. “It is my pleasure to welcome HEXO’s President and CEO, Scott Cooper, to the HEXO board. Scott’s experience with Truss, Molson Coors, and several other publicly-traded consumer packaged goods companies will be instrumental to HEXO’s success as we continue to drive growth and profitability through the commercialization of advanced cannabis products and to defend our position as a market leader in Canada.”

Hexo is making the changes not long after it gave a sobering warning about upcoming convertible debt. Hexo also stated that while it enough money for ongoing working capital requirements, the current funds on hand, combined with operational cash flows,won’t be enough for the cash requirements under the Senior Secured Convertible Note, plus the investments required to continue to develop cultivation and distribution infrastructure, and the future growth plans of the company. Management said it is exploring several options to secure the necessary financing, which could include the issuance of new public or private equity or debt instruments, supplemented with operating cash inflows from operations.

22nd Century

22nd Century Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: XXII) joined the club in making big changes as it announced that Richard Fitzgerald has become the new Chief Financial Officer, effective November 15, 2021. John Franzino, the Company’s previous Chief Financial Officer, was transitioned to Chief Administrative Officer, where he will be responsible for further developing the company’s business processes and leading the company’s financial planning and analysis, operational finance, human resources, and information technology functions.

Debra Borchardt

Debra Borchardt is the CEO, Co-Founder, and Editor-In-Chief of GMR. She has covered the cannabis industry for several years at Forbes, Seeking Alpha and TheStreet. Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Debra was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she held a Series 7 and Registered Investment Advisor license. Debra has a Masters degree in Business Journalism from New York University.


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