Invictus hires former Heineken executive Kevin Smith as VP Recreational Sales
VANCOUVER, Sept. 17, 2018 /CNW/ - INVICTUS MD STRATEGIES CORP. ("Invictus" or the "Company") (TSXV: GENE; OTCQX: IVITF; FRA: 8IS1) is pleased to announce the addition of former Heineken executive Kevin Smith as Vice President Recreational Sales, commencing October 1, 2018, and Sarah Hardy, MBA, as Vice President Medical Sales, effective August 20, 2018.
As former Director of Sales at Heineken Canada, Kevin developed the commercial strategy for Heineken in Western Canada, led the execution of the sales organization's annual plan, developed relations with key customers in both private and government channels and managed the distributor relationship with Molson Coors. In his role as Vice President Recreational Sales, Kevin will be responsible for building out a team of professionals to maintain strong working relationships with liquor boards and establish a presence in retail stores across the country. With agreements already secured in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, Kevin will oversee Invictus' initial launch in Western Canada and future development, including working in partnership with GTEC Holdings Ltd. ("GTEC") (TSXV: GTEC) to unveil multiple retail stores in the coming weeks and months.
"I am excited to join the exceptional team that Dan Kriznic has built at Invictus. I am passionate about the Cannabis industry, excited to educate a diverse consumer base about our brands and look forward to building an interactive retail experience with our key customers," said Kevin Smith, Vice President Recreational Sales. "I think the demand for Cannabis has been understated in Canada and look forward to leading the Invictus sales team in exceeding our forecasts and long-term growth"
Kevin brings to Invictus 16 years of experience in both beverage alcohol and government sectors with a specialized focus on the retail channel. In addition to his work with Heineken, Kevin has had increasingly senior roles, including Provincial Sales Manager for SABMiller Canada, Regional Sales Manager at the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, and started his career working with key customers at AB InBev.
As a former executive at top tier companies, such as Mondalez, American Express, and Indivior, Sarah brings a proven track record of driving bottom line growth, building new markets, and optimizing profit across diverse industry base. In her role as Vice President Medical Sales, Sarah will be responsible for the development and implementation of the Company's strategic patient acquisition program directed at establishing relationships with and educating medical clinics, medical doctors and patients, and winning market share for medical cannabis sales. Sarah will drive patient registration and sales targets.
"As a former sales associate in the pharmaceutical industry, I know how to drive sales and deliver a superior client experience," said Sarah Hardy, Vice President Medical Sales. "I am thrilled to represent Invictus on the front-line of this emerging industry, working to expand our presence in the medical community."
Sarah brings over 15 years of experience across various sectors including CPG, Financial Services, Healthcare and Professional Services. Sarah completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree at UBC and holds her Executive MBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.
"With legalization around the corner, Invictus is working to build strong relationships with clients in both the medical and recreational markets," said Dan Kriznic, Invictus Chairman and CEO. "Together, with 30+ years of experience working in sales for some of the biggest brands across a variety of sectors, Sarah and Kevin are joining our team at the right time. Our goal is to deliver an exceptional customer experience, across our robust distribution network."
On Behalf of the Board, Dan Kriznic Chairman and CEO
Jessica Martin Vice President, Public Relations and Regulatory Affairs (604) 537-8676
Invictus is a global cannabis company offering a selection of products under a wide range of lifestyle brands. Our integrated sales approach is defined by five pillars of distribution including medical, adult-use, international, Licensed Producer to Licensed Producer and retail stores.
Invictus has partnered with business leaders to convey our corporate vision, including KISS music legend and business mogul Gene Simmons as our Chief Evangelist Officer, and global branding agency Authentic Brands Group. Invictus is expanding its cultivation footprint, with two cannabis production facilities fully licensed under ACMPR in Canada and a third awaiting approval, featuring 100,000 square feet of available grow space today with 200,000 expected by January 2019 and 1 million by end of 2019. The Company will earmark 50 per cent of production to the medical and recreational markets, respectively. To ensure consistency in quality and supply, Invictus maintains all aspects of the growing process through its subsidiary, Future Harvest Development Ltd., a high-quality Fertilizer and Nutrients manufacturer. Invictus drives sustainable long-term shareholder value through a diversified product portfolio with over 69 Health Canada approved strains and a multifaceted distribution strategy including medical, recreational, international and retail. For more information visit www.invictus-md.com.
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