Chairman and Interim-Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Garreton is a successful entrepreneur in the fields of innovation, technology and life sciences, and a former member of Congress in Argentina. His successful track record as an entrepreneur includes founding InvertirOnline.com, one of Latin America’s largest online brokerage firms, as well as founding and serving as director of SociaLab and Sistema B, the most important platform for social entrepreneurs in Latin America. Mr. Garreton also has strategic involvement with other cannabis companies including YVY Life Sciences in Uruguay and Flow Kana in California. Mr. Garreton is a director of various successful companies such as: YVY Life Sciences, Pachama.com, VU Security, Untech.bio, Bulltick, GoodPeople, Inipop.com and others. Also, he is an investor in companies such as ClaraFoods, TheNotCompany, Blue Planet Ecosystems, Memphis Meat, Cambridge Crops, Electro-Active Technologies (EAT), Unbox Robotics, Prellisbio.com and MycoWorks.
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.
José María Forero
PRESIDENT, LATIN AMERICAN OPERATIONS
Mr. Forero is a C-level executive and entrepreneur with 17+ years of experience in regional (Latin-America) and global assignments in sales, marketing and management. He has demonstrated experience in recruiting and leading multidisciplinary teams, as well as in structuring successful models for developing, manufacturing, positioning, and distributing products and services in both B2B and B2C sectors. Mr. Forero has also a proven track record in highly competitive and highly regulated industries such as Food & Pharma additives, and cannabis-based ingredients. His contributions have been crucial for the commercial success of various companies like Procter & Gamble, Firmenich and Sensient Colors, and most recently, Clever Leaves (NASDAQ: CLVR), the largest medical cannabis licensed producer in Colombia. Mr. Forero has extensive knowledge of and relationships within the global cannabis industry and will guide the next phase of the company’s international expansion.