Cronos appoints Nestle, Supreme Cannabis alum Griese as head of operations

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Canadian marijuana producer Cronos Group promoted John Griese, former chief operating officer of The Supreme Cannabis Co., as senior vice president, head of North American operations.

The Toronto-based company quietly disclosed the personnel move in a regulatory filing last week.

Griese joined Cronos last August as vice president of operations, per the filing, soon after Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corp. bought Supreme for roughly 435 million Canadian dollars ($345 million).

Before Griese’s stint at Supreme, he served as chief operating officer of Creso Pharma, an Australian medical cannabis company, from July 2018 through November 2019.

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The 59-year-old also held key supply-chain and operational roles at Nestle S.A., a Swiss multinational food and drink company, and beverages company PepsiCo.

Cronos shares trade as CRON on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq.