Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Lusardi is a pioneer in the U.S. cannabis industry and is credited with opening one of the first medical cannabis operations on the East Coast. Mr. Lusardi has a decade of cannabis experience, as well as 20 years’ experience in finance, private equity and entrepreneurship. Since 2015, Mr. Lusardi has led the Company through a significant growth trajectory from a small medical device company to a publicly traded, vertically integrated multi state cannabis operator that is positioned to become the largest cannabis company in the world. In 2019 he oversaw two transformational acquisitions – Select, the leading cannabis wholesale brand in the United States, and Grassroots, which will expand Curaleaf's presence from 12 to 19 states with over 130 licenses. Mr. Lusardi has been instrumental in developing an organizational strategy focused on the advancement of cannabis science to support patients in need of medical cannabis as well as adult-use customers. He previously held executive positions at financial services companies including Liberty Mutual Group, Fidelity Investments, and Affiliated Managers Group. Mr. Lusardi has a B.B.A. from The Catholic University of America and an M.B.A. from Boston College.
Mr. Bayern has over 20 years of executive leadership experience in consumer-packaged goods companies, and is responsible for driving overall operational excellence and revenue growth at Curaleaf. He joins Curaleaf from INDUS Holdings, a vertically integrated cannabis company, where he served as President since January 2019. Before INDUS, Mr. Bayern served as chief executive officer and chief operating officer of the global beverage leader VOSS of Norway. Prior to this, he spent 15 years playing an integral role in several large-scale business transformations, with achievements that include the creation of the $6 billion Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and the transformation of Cadbury into a singularly focused confectionary leader. Mr. Bayern has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Adelphi University.
Mr. Forni founded Select in 2015 and has played an instrumental role in building Select's award-winning brand, culture, and operations across California, Oregon, Arizona and Nevada. He pioneered what is now an industry standard vape cartridge, free of silica fiberglass. In his role at Select, Mr. Forni was honored as one of the 40 Under 40 to Watch by Marijuana Venture Magazine in 2018.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Davidson is an accomplished financial professional with experience leading publicly-traded and private equity owned businesses, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer for Deluxe Entertainment Services Group. Prior to that, he spent nine years at Bally Technologies, Inc. where he rose through the ranks to become its Chief Financial Officer. During that time, he gained extensive experience driving capital market and M&A activities for the company and was instrumental in orchestrating the sale of the business to Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS).
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Carlotti is Curaleaf’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for leading the Company's finance, capital markets, M&A, treasury and investor relations functions. Prior to joining Curaleaf, Mr. Carlotti was the Chief Financial Officer for a Nevada-based cannabis company. Mr. Carlotti spent nearly a decade in the gaming industry including having served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer at MGM Resorts International, an S&P 500 global entertainment company. He began his career in investment banking with positions at Smith Barney, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Wachovia Securities. Mr. Carlotti holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Chief Marketing Officer
Mr. White brings 20 years of experience as an award-winning marketing professional and has built a highly acclaimed career creating culture-shaping ideas for Fortune 100 companies. Prior to Select, Mr. White was the Global Head of Marketing for Beats by Dre, which was acquired by Apple in 2014. He also served as Managing Director at Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai for lead client Nike as they prepared for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and as Global Account Director on Nike at Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Oregon, developing campaigns for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods. He is currently a board member at The Initiative, Marcus Graham Project and the digital lab Chinatown Bureau, as well as founder and board member of Possible Plan.
EVP, Business Development and Interim General Counsel
Peter Clateman has more than 20 years of legal experience in investing and investment funds, including more than 15 years as general counsel. He has served as GC and CCO of The Sputnik Group and Renaissance Capital, as well as VR Capital, an award-winning, distressed-asset fund with more than $2 billion under management. Mr. Clateman also served as head of Legal and was a Management Board Member of UC Rusal during its acquisition of SUAL and assets of Glencore to become the world's biggest aluminum company. He previously was an associate with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom.
Ms. Taylor is an accomplished senior finance leader with extensive public and global company experience, and is responsible for Curaleaf’s accounting, finance and operational support services. Before joining Curaleaf, Ms. Taylor spent 14 years at the Scientific Games Corporation based in Las Vegas, NV. Her most recent position was SVP, Global Accounting Shared Services and prior to that, she served as the CFO of their Gaming division. Ms. Taylor also spent 7 years in the finance department of Cardinal Health, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois.
SVP, Government Relations
Ed Conklin brings over 30 years of experience in government and public relations management and strategy, including leading lobbying and grassroots engagement efforts. Mr. Conklin served as Senior Director and Chief of Staff of Global Government and Public Affairs at McDonald's and was Director of Public Relations for Jones Intercable Midwest Division and Director of Operations for Centel Cable Television.
SVP, Human Resources
Carolyn Fedigan has over 25 years of experience in corporate human resources, working in a wide variety of industries including financial services, high-tech, biotechnology and public relations. Prior to Curaleaf, Ms. Fedigan served as Director of Human Resources at Audax Group and held human resource leadership roles at Harvard University, SHIFT Communications and Advent International Corporation.
Jessie Kater has over 15 years of experience in product development and commercialization across defense, pharmaceutical and cannabis markets. Prior to Curaleaf, Mr. Kater worked at Waters Corporation where he led sales and business development in the Cannabis market across the Western US and Canada. Additionally, he was the co-founder of c3 Labs, the first cannabis contract research organization on the West Coast.
Katrina Yolen is a seasoned marketing executive with over 20 years of experience working in mid-sized and large consumer packaged goods companies, as well as in startups. Prior to Curaleaf, Ms. Yolen served as Vice President of Marketing at Dancing Deer Baking Co., Director of Marketing at Weetabix North America, and held senior marketing roles at GlaxoSmithKline and Kraft Foods.
Mr. Russ oversees national sales of all Curaleaf brands. Mr. Russ is a veteran sales executive who joined Curaleaf from Indus Holdings, a vertically integrated cannabis company, where he served as Vice President, Sales. Previously he worked at Constellation Brands as Vice President and General Sales Manager for the West Region, and at Red Bull North America as Executive Vice President & General Manager for the West Business Unit responsible for all sales, marketing, distribution and operations. Prior to joining Red Bull, Mr. Russ served as a Region Director for Pernod Ricard and spent 12 years at Diageo, where his roles included General Sales Manager for the Northeast region as well as National Director of Strategic Accounts. Mr. Russ holds a BS in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.
SVP, Research and Product Development
Robert Winnicki is a leading cannabis chemist with expertise in extraction, formulation and cannabis product manufacturing. As a member of Curaleaf's Medical Advisory Board, Mr. Winnicki leads Curaleaf's product development team. Prior to joining Curaleaf, Mr. Winnicki was a certified laboratory director in Colorado and former head of R&D in medical cannabis cloning and cannabinoid synthesis.
SVP, Retail Operations
Mr. Melillo formerly served as Senior Director of Stores North America for Nike, Inc. (NYSE: NKE), and Vice President of Stores for DTLR/Villa, a leading footwear and apparel retailer. Mr. Melillo has more than 20 years of experience in retail leadership and store operations. He has been instrumental in retail expansions, store design/construction, merchandising and omnichannel commerce in hundreds of stores, in addition to developing and leading retail teams across the country.
Greg Schaan has more than 38 years of experience in the agriculture and horticulture industries. Prior to joining Curaleaf, he held senior management positions with market leaders such as Land O’ Lakes, Terra, and Monrovia. He recently served as President of Curaleaf’s Connecticut operations.
SVP, Business Development
Ed Kelenchuk served as Investment Director for The Sputnik Group from 2015 to 2018, leading its portfolio management, including financing and mergers and acquisitions for Curaleaf. Mr. Kelenchuk has over 15 years of Corporate Finance Experience, ranging from investment banking at Merrill Lynch and Renaissance Capital to principal investments at TPG Capital and Och-Ziff, among others, focusing on emerging industries.
VP, Corporate Communications
Brady joins Curaleaf from Hill Holliday, a leading advertising agency, where she has served as SVP of Communications and Corporate Marketing since 2011. Before this, Tracy led a variety of communications, publicity and branding functions at Arnold WorldWide, Sony Pictures and Turner Broadcasting.
VP, Finance and Investor Relations
Dan Foley joins Curaleaf from Red Rock Resorts (NASDAQ: RRR) where he served as Vice President of Finance & Investor Relations for the past three years. He also assisted with capital raising and allocation, as well as strategic financial planning and analysis. With 20 years of financial experience, Mr. Foley has spent the majority of his career leading investor relations in the gaming and resort industry for MGM Resorts International, New Cotai Holdings, and Harrah’s Entertainment.