40+ years of experience. Mr. Toro began his professional career at Publicidad Toro in 1978, a leading Colombian marketing and advertising firm where he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1982. Mr. Toro is also the founder of Manning Selvage & Lee, a public relations firm, and Arena, a media buying company. Mr. Toro has worked in advertising and marketing for the National Coffee Growers Association in Colombia for more than 25 years. He is a university professor and reputation consultant for presidents, senators and other politicians. He is also a member of the board of directors of Corporación Matamoros (the Ministry of National Defense of Colombia).
Chief Executive Officer
An executive with extensive international experience having led the successful development of numerous companies, including most recently PharmaCielo Ltd. (“PharmaCielo”), a leading Colombian producer of medicinal cannabis. Dr. Stocker joined PharmaCielo in 2015 and served as CEO through 2018. During his tenure as CEO, Dr. Stocker was instrumental in the development of corporate strategies, the formation of strategic relationships, the cannabis licensing process, and capital raising initiatives. Dr. Stocker was also actively involved in the development of PharmaCielo’s Colombian operations to establish a scalable and competitive cultivation and oil production strategy. Dr. Stocker is fluent in English, Spanish, German and Portuguese. He also holds a Ph.D. in Economics and B.A. in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Prior to his role as CEO of PharmaCielo, Dr. Stocker held top management positions in the automotive industry, including service on the board of directors of multinational corporations.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Villalba is the COO and co-founder of Blueberries Medical. He is an entrepreneur and business strategist who has developed several successful projects in various Latin American countries. Mr. Villalba is the founding partner of Optim Holdings, a consulting firm focused on business development and corporate strategy. He has more than 13 years of international experience, especially in the structuring and development of trading and infrastructure projects, strategy development, and financial planning. Mr. Villalba was recently head of project development for Oleum Energy and was an important team member in establishing the company as one of the private pioneers in oil and gas operations in Mexico. Mr. Villalba holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Trade and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the London School of Business and Finance.
Ian D. Atacan CPA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Atacan is a finance leader with more than 25 years of experience in business strategy development, valuations of M&A, debt and equity financing, divestitures and investment transactions, financial modeling, project management, competitive analysis and developing strategic investment recommendations. He has worked with renowned international companies such as Sprint, DHL Worldwide Express, and Procter & Gamble. Most recently, Mr. Atacan was the Chief Financial Officer of Natura Naturals Holdings Inc., a Canadian cannabis company licensed for cultivation, production and bulk sales under the Cannabis Act of Canada, until its acquisition by Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) for $82 million. As Chief Financial Officer of Blueberries, Mr. Atacan brings entrepreneurial and financial acumen cultivated through business start-ups, recapitalizations, and expansion projects to drive national and international business growth.
Chief Marketing Officer
Mr. Molinari has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, having held executive leadership positions in countries across Latin America, most recently VP Region North – Latin America of AbbVie until December 2018. In 2012, when Abbott spun out its pharmaceutical business to form AbbVie, Mr. Molinari left Abbott to establish AbbVie in Latin America where he played a key role in the growth of the company in the region. His business expertise is combined with deep experience in R&D both in academia at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Molinari has shown continued growth as a leader in the industry with a commitment to bringing healthcare solutions to patients globally.
Mr. Castañeda is the Country Manager and Co-Founder of Blueberries SAS. He has extensive experience managing blueberry cultivation in the Bogotá savannah, as one of the pioneers in the region. He is an accountant specialized in international accounting with 12 years of experience leading the finance, logistics and marketing functions for various entities. He also has experience in Canada and Bahamas.