Constellation Brands affiliate Canopy Growth expands its Board with two appointments

CANADA – Canopy Growth Corporation, a Canadian cannabis infused beverage producer backed by Constellation Brands, has appointed Judy Schmeling as the Chair of the Board of Directors and Jim Sabia as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Schmeling has been serving on the Canopy Growth Board of Directors since November 2018 and is chair of the Audit Committee and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Constellation Brands, Inc. as well as Casey’s General Stores.

She is the former Chief Operating Officer of HSN Inc., an interactive multichannel retailer, and the former President of HSN’s Cornerstone Brands.

Commenting on her appointment, Schmeling said. “I’m honored to be named the new Board Chair at Canopy Growth. During my time as a board member of Canopy Growth, I personally witnessed the unfolding of one of the most exciting market opportunities of our lifetime.

“I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the entire Canopy Growth leadership team to help guide the company to lead the global cannabis industry.”

As a member of the company’s Board of Directors, Jim Sabia will act as an observer to the Board as he and Canopy complete the standard Health Canada processes associated with the appointment.

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Mr. Sabia is a world class marketer of iconic consumer brands, currently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Constellation Brands, and a member of Constellation’s executive management committee.

Jim Sabia

He is responsible for leading the marketing strategy across Constellation’s diversified portfolio of wine, beer and spirit brands.

Prior to joining Constellation in 2007, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Media at Molson Coors Brewing Company.

As an industry veteran, Mr. Sabia brings a vast knowledge of building a portfolio of high-performing brands and developing a winning marketing strategy.

“I’m excited to join Canopy’s Board” said Sabia. “There is no company better positioned in the emerging global cannabis market and I look forward to working with Canopy Growth’s very talented leadership team to ensure that we continue achieving success and remain a global leader in the years ahead.”

David Klein, who was recently appointed as CEO, Canopy Growth said: “It is my pleasure to welcome Judy Schmeling as our Chair of the Board of Directors and to welcome Jim to the Board,”

“Judy’s leadership experience in highly competitive industries will be instrumental as we focus the business on its core priorities. Both Judy and Jim’s contributions will be extremely valuable as we continue the journey of building iconic brands.”

The appointments further strengthen Canopy Growth’s corporate structure following David Kleins appointment as the CEO.

David replaced Mark Zekulin who will be stepped down from his role as CEO and resigning his seat on the Board of Directors of Canopy December last year. 

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