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Cronos Group Inc (CRON.O)

CRON.O on Consolidated Issue listed on NASDAQ Global Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Michael Gorenstein

32 2019 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer, Secretary

Jerry Barbato

2019 Chief Financial Officer

Jeffrey Jacobson

2017 Vice President - Business Development

Xiuming Shum

2017 General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

Todd Abraham

2019 Chief Innovation Officer

William Hilson

2019 Chief Commercial Officer

David Hsu

2016 Operations Consultant

James Rudyk

52 2018 Lead Independent Director

Jody Begley

2019 Director

Murray Garnick

59 2019 Director

Bruce Gates

57 2019 Director

Jason Adler

47 2016 Independent Director

Bronwen Evans

49 2019 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Michael Gorenstein

Mr. Michael Ryan Gorenstein serves as Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer, Secretary of Company. Mike Gorenstein is the Chairman, President and CEO of Cronos Group. Mr. Gorenstein is also a Co-founder and Member of Gotham Green Partners. Before joining the Company, Mr. Gorenstein was the VP and General Counsel at Alphabet Partners, LP, a New York City based multi-strategy investment management firm, focused on identifying mispriced assets across various industries, asset classes and geographies. Prior to Alphabet Partners, LP, he was a corporate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Mr. Gorenstein graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a Juris Doctor (JD), the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania with a certificate in Business Economics and Public Policy and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science Business in Finance.

Jerry Barbato

Mr. Jerry Barbato has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the company, Effective April 15, 2019. Mr. Barbato will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer of Cronos Group effective April 15, 2019. Jerry joins Cronos Group with 20 years of experience in strategic planning, corporate financial analysis and services, and brand management. Prior to joining Cronos Group, he held various roles within the Altria family of companies. Jerry joined Altria in 2003 and served in leadership roles within the Finance, Strategy & Business Development and Marketing functions, and most recently held the role of Senior Director of Corporate Strategy. He has broad experience in both finance and operating roles, as well as managing operations in regulated international markets. Jerry supported the Marlboro brand and provided analysis that shaped brand strategies for Altria’s smokeable segment. He also served as Assistant General Manager for a joint venture, Richmark GmbH, in Zurich, Switzerland. Jerry holds a BS in Accounting from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Maryland, University College.

Jeffrey Jacobson

Xiuming Shum

Ms. Xiuming Shum serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company. Ms, Xiuming manages all legal and regulatory functions at Cronos Group, which informs the company’s strategy and execution. Xiuming has a decade of transactional and in-house experience in mergers and acquisitions and regulatory change management. Prior to joining Cronos Group, Xiuming served as in-house counsel at BNP Paribas’ Corporate and Institutional Banking division in New York and London, where she provided advice to senior management on disruptive and transformative legislative changes, such as the BASEL banking reforms, Brexit, and the Dodd-Frank Act. Previously, she was a corporate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, where she focused on M&A in large, complex cross-border transactions in diverse industries, including alcohol and spirits, insurance, banking, private equity, and hedge funds. Xiuming is a New York-qualified attorney, holding a Juris Doctor (JD) from Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a first-class Bachelor of Laws degree from University College London in the U.K.

Todd Abraham

Dr. Todd K. Abraham, Ph.D. is Chief Innovation Officer of the Company. He served as Senior Vice President, Research and Nutrition for Mondelez International from 2007 to 2017 and as Vice President, Global Research and Technology Strategy from 2002 to 2007. In these roles, he was responsible for worldwide technology development and strategy, scientific screening, nutritional science and communication, consumer guidance testing, analytical programs, R&D training, knowledge management and intellectual property strategy. From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Abraham held various executive positions at Nabisco Foods Company, including serving as Vice President, Nabisco Biscuit, Snacks and Confection Segment. Prior to Nabisco Foods Company, Dr. Abraham served in numerous leadership positions in Marketing, General Management and R&D at The Pillsbury Company, from 1985 to 2000. He began his career in the consumer products industry at Procter & Gamble where he served as Product Development, Technical Brand Manager / Group Leader from 1981 to 1985. Dr. Abraham holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Brown University, a Master of Business Administration in Strategic planning from The Wharton School and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania.

William Hilson

Mr. William Lawrence Hilson has been appointed as Chief Commercial Officer of the company, Effective April 15, 2019. and is no longer as Chief Financial Officer of the Company, Effective April 15, 2019. Mr. Hilson is a certified public accountant (CPA) and has spent over 15 years as regional chief financial officer of two publicly listed multinational pharmaceutical companies: Merck KGaA and Serono SA. His experience includes financial operations, strategy, performance management, sales and marketing, clinical trial management, international tax, as well as debt and equity financing. Prior to joining Cronos Group, Mr. Hilson was also involved in a number of mergers and acquisitions and licensing deals in the pharmaceutical sector.

David Hsu

Mr. David Hsu serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. David oversees all of Cronos Group’s operations including construction, cultivation and manufacturing as Chief Operating Officer. David is focused on continuous improvement by testing and integrating new technologies and automation to establish best practices in the cannabis industry. Prior to joining Cronos Group, David spent over ten years consulting with Deloitte and CRG Partners, a premier turnaround consulting firm, where he operated and managed distressed companies with revenues more than $500M. His expertise includes financial and operational restructuring, growth creation, and lean manufacturing gleaned from experience working in various sectors including consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, distribution, media, and transportation. David graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

James Rudyk

Mr. James Rudyk is Lead Independent Director of the Company. Mr. James Rudyk is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Roots Corporation (“Roots”), a position he has held since January 2016. Mr. Rudyk is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of financial and operational experience, and a track record of supporting ambitious growth plans. Prior to joining Roots, Mr. Rudyk served as the Chief Financial Officer of Shred-It International Inc. from 2009 to 2015, where he was instrumental in helping the company grow from approximately $200 million to over $700 million in revenue and expand to more than 17 countries around the world. He also served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Canada Cartage Systems Limited from 2004 to 2009. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo. Mr. Rudyk is also a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Jody Begley

Mr. Jody Begley is Director of the Company. Prior to Mr. Begley's current role, he served as President and General Manager of Nu Mark, leading the company's development and marketing of innovative tobacco products for adult smokers and vapers. He joined Philip Morris USA in 1995 and has held various leadership positions at several Altria companies, including Vice President, Brand Management, PM USA; Vice President, Strategy & Business Development; Vice President, Marketing & Promotion Services; Vice President, Brand Management, Smokeless; and Vice President, Customer & Marketing Services.

Murray Garnick

Mr. Murray Richard Garnick serves as Director of the Company. Mr. Murray Garnick serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Altria. In his role since 2017, he leads the company’s Law Department, Regulatory Affairs and Regulatory Sciences. Mr. Garnick previously served as Deputy General Counsel for Altria Client Services, a subsidiary of Altria, which provides professional services and support to Altria and its operating companies. At Altria, Mr. Garnick has led the legal support for sales, marketing, regulation, and product development and intellectual property matters. He has also supervised the management of tobacco, health and all other litigation brought against Altria and its operating companies. Prior to joining Altria in 2008 as Senior Vice President, Litigation and Associate General Counsel, Mr. Garnick served for more than two decades as a senior litigation partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Newseum in Washington, D.C. Mr. Garnick received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and his Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Bruce Gates

Mr. Bruce A. Gates serves as Director of the Company. Mr. Bruce Gates is a Founding Partner of Three Oaks Strategies LLC, a management, policy and communications consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. He is also the founding partner of Three Oaks Asset Management LLC, a family office/venture capital firm. Prior to his retirement from Altria in November 2017, Mr. Gates served as a Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Altria Client Services. In his role, he led the Government Affairs and Corporate Affairs departments and directed the company’s strategies involving governments, corporate communications, philanthropic programs and corporate social responsibility. Before assuming that role in 2011, Mr. Gates was Altria’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. He currently serves on the board of a private company, Aliro, and also on a number of non-profit boards, including The Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors and Veteran Wellness, D.C. Sail, and the Congressional Institute. Recently, he joined the Board of Trustees for the Ford’s Theatre. Mr. Gates received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia.

Jason Adler

Mr. Jason Adler is Independent Director of the Company. Jason Adler is the Co-founder and Managing Member of Gotham Green Partners, a private equity firm focused primarily on early-stage investing in companies in the cannabis industry. Prior to co-founding Gotham Green, Mr. Adler was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alphabet Partners, LP, a New York City based multi-strategy investment management firm, focused on identifying mispriced assets across various industries, asset classes and geographies. Prior to Alphabet Partners, LP, Mr. Adler also founded Geronimo, LLC, a broker dealer and member of the American Stock Exchange, that made markets in equity options, and he began his career as a Market Maker at G&D Trading. Mr. Adler graduated with a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island.

Bronwen Evans

Ms. Bronwen Evans serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Bronwen Evans is an independent consultant drawing on 20 years of experience in the charitable, corporate and government sectors to provide clients with business development and brand strategies for transformational growth. Ms. Evans was a Founding Director of the True Patriot Love Foundation, where she served as its first CEO from 2012 to 2019 and raised record funds to support 25,000 Canadian military and veteran families. Before that, Ms. Evans was the Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Medcan Health Management, and became the company’s first Chief Privacy Officer. She is a recipient of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and currently serves as Director, Secretary and Chair of the Governance Committee of Kingsway College School. Ms. Evans holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with Honors from McGill University, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy with a concentration in Biomedical Ethics from Carleton University.

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