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Our Company

Located near the equator, Colombia enjoys strong sunlight, fertile soil, ample natural rainfall. The 12-hour day / night light cycle and consistent temperatures year-round readily allow for four cannabis crops per year. Add to these ideal environmental conditions the nation’s decades-long status among the world’s top cut-flower providers, which created both a ready skilled work force and the infrastructure and trade agreements to ship flowers – including cannabis flower products – efficiently and economically to destinations worldwide.

Like Canada, the Colombian government was among the first in the world to recognize and embrace the potential benefits to the country of legalizing and regulating a national medical-cannabis industry. Reflecting its ongoing support for the industry’s progress, in 2020 PharmaCielo was identified as a “Project of National Strategic Interest,” enabling the company to receive immediate support from the Colombian government in recognition of its economic contribution and importance to the nation.

Our People / Leadership

PharmaCielo’s board of directors and management team have a successful track record of building global B2B and B2C businesses and generating shareholder value.

Management Team

Henning von Koss: Chief Executive Officer and Director

  • During his 27 years with Bayer Material Science, served as senior vice president of Latin America, president and head of healthcare in the Andean region, and in numerous management positions in Brazil, Germany and Poland in addition to the Andean region
  • Recently served as chief operating officer of HAPVIDA, the third-largest managed care organization in Brazil with 20 hospitals, 70 clinics, 50 labs, 17,000+ employees, generating $3 billion turnover

David Gordon: Chief Corporate Officer

  • Former managing partner of Cohn & Wolfe | Toronto, one of Canada’s leading public relations agencies
  • Background includes work as a government relations consultant, senior advisor to the attorney general of Ontario and to the minister responsible for Native Affairs and as an international trade analyst with the Korean Trade Commission (KOTRA)

Scott Laitinen: Chief Financial Officer

  • Served as chief risk and operating officer of President’s Choice Financial, and chief financial officer and chief operating officer for Chase Card Services Canada
  • Served as director of global business management and analysis for American Express (Amex) in addition to past roles with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and Canada Post

Andrés Felipe Botero: Chief Operating Officer PharmaCielo Colombia

  • Head of Philip Morris Andean Cluster for 20 years, overseeing cultivation, manufacturing, quality assurance, supply chain and distribution
  • Manager of Philip Morris International’s operations for reduced risk product portfolio in Colombia

 

PharmaCielo Ltd. Board of Directors

Simon Langelier, Chairman of the Board

  • Served in leadership capacities with Philip Morris International (PMI) and subsidiaries for over 30 years, most recently as the managing director of Coltabaco (Philip Morris Colombia) in Bogota from 2010-11
  • Present member of the board of Imperial Brands PLC as an independent non-executive director

Marc Lustig, Lead Director

  • Founded CannaRoyalty Corp. (Origin House), which was sold to Cresco Labs in 2020; current chairman of Trichome Financial Corp., chairman of IMC Cannabis, director of Cresco Labs
  • Served in capital markets sector for 15 years, as director at GMP Securities, head of Capital Markets at Dundee Capital Markets and in Life Sciences sector at Orion Securities
  • Previously in pharmaceutical industry with Merck & Co.

Matteo Pellegrini, Director

  • 25+ years of international management and leadership experience with Philip Morris International in numerous European and Asian countries
  • Served from 2003 to 2015 as Philip Morris International’s president of Asia

Doug Bache, Director, Audit Committee Chair

  • Director and management consultant providing corporate finance and strategic advisory services to private and public companies
  • Held senior management positions at Vale/Inco Limited and North American Palladium
  • Investment and corporate banking roles with CIBC World Markets and Société Générale Canada

 Henning von Koss, Director

Our commitment to the community

Our community commitment is anchored in our daily activities and primarily focused on the Rionegro region community in which our Colombian operations are based and Colombia’s native Arhuaco peoples based on mutual commitment and respect.  Continued expansion to additional global operating regions expected to grow in cooperation with operating growth as the business continues to succeed.