Former Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Nestle and Diageo executives join pioneering cannabis company
CANADA: Tilray, a global pioneer in cannabis production, research, cultivation and distribution, announces the expansion of its global senior leadership team with four strategic hires: Greg Christopher as EVP of Operations, formerly with Nestle; Rita Seguin as EVP of Human Resources, formerly with Diageo; Dara Redler as General Counsel, formerly with The Coca-Cola Company; and Charlie Cain as VP of Retail, formerly with Starbucks Corporation.
“We are pleased to have these experienced leaders join our team as we continue to disrupt the global pharmaceutical, alcohol, CPG and functional food and beverage industries,” says Brendan Kennedy, Tilray CEO. “Greg, Rita, Dara and Charlie come to Tilray with robust expertise in their respective fields and we look forward to their contributions as we pioneer the future of cannabis around the world.”
Each of the recently hired senior leaders bring invaluable expertise to Tilray’s growing leadership team. Their roles will directly drive the development of Tilray’s robust operations, which have enabled Tilray to distribute its products in 12 countries, as well as accelerate the company’s aggressive global expansion strategy.
Greg Christopher, Executive Vice President, Operations, joins Tilray with over 30 years of global experience in operations and supply chain across the many product categories at Nestle SA most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations for Nestle in Canada. Greg will oversee the strategic development and expansion of the company’s global operations and cannabis value chain across Tilray and all its subsidiaries.
Rita Seguin, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, served as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Diageo North America and most recently as Vice President of Human Resources for Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits Distributors. Rita’s appointment represents Tilray’s commitment to the long-term growth and success of the people within the organization. She will oversee the synchronization of the company’s growing global team and recruitment of talent all over the world.
Dara Redler, General Counsel, most recently served as Vice President and Senior Counsel for Coca-Cola North America and held a number of leadership roles in the legal division during her tenure at The Coca-Cola Company. In her role as Tilray General Counsel, Dara will oversee the strategic global growth of Tilray and all its subsidiaries with the legal team and work cross-functionally with all teams within the organization.
Charlie Cain, Vice President, Retail, served as Vice President of Concept Development and Franchising for Starbucks Corporation before joining the cannabis industry as CEO of Dockside Cannabis, one of Washington state’s original and most respected cannabis retail chains. Charlie brings more than 15 years of retail strategy, innovation, and operations experience to the development and oversight of Tilray and High Park’s North American retail strategy.