CPG & Retail Veteran to Drive Operations at Ayr as it Positions for Next Phase of Growth & Optimization
MIAMI, Oct. 12, 2022 — Ayr Wellness Inc. (CSE: AYR.A, OTCQX: AYRWF) (“Ayr” or the “Company”), a leading vertically integrated U.S. multi-state cannabis operator (“MSO”), today announced that consumer packaged goods (“CPG”) and retail industry veteran David Goubert has been appointed President, joining Ayr’s leadership team to oversee the Company’s operational and commercial functions, including production, supply chain, retail, wholesale and marketing. Mr. Goubert will report to Ayr’s Founder and CEO, Jonathan Sandelman.
Mr. Goubert joins Ayr from Neiman Marcus Group (“NMG”), one of the largest multi-brand retailers in the United States, where he helped lead the company through a transformation to become one of the strongest retailers in the country. Most recently, he served as NMG’s President and Chief Customer Officer, where he was responsible for the full P&L of the Neiman Marcus brand as well as all customer touchpoints. Prior to that role, he led NMG’s digital and in-store retail operations as Chief Retail Officer, driving many of NMG’s enhancements to the customer experience, creating personalized and memorable experiences for customers at each of the company’s 36 locations, as well as online, including style advisor matching, virtual appointments, in-store pick-up, and virtual fashion events.
“We are excited to add an experienced CPG and retail operator to our leadership team,” said Jonathan Sandelman, Ayr’s Chief Executive Officer. “As the Board and I engaged with David over the last several months, it became clear that he was a natural leader with a track record of driving positive organizational change and operational excellence. His experience at other vertically integrated, consumer-facing businesses makes him the ideal choice to help support our Company as we enter our next phase of growth and optimization of our footprint.”
Mr. Sandelman continued, “Over the last five years, Ayr has built a foundation. We have secured new licenses, opened cultivation facilities, and acquired and integrated new businesses, all of which have expanded the Company’s scale and enhanced the breadth and quality of the products we offer our customers. David will be an important part of our leadership team as we focus on sustainable, profitable growth.”
Prior to joining Neiman Marcus, Mr. Goubert spent 20 years at LVMH, the world’s leading luxury consumer-products company. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of LVMH’s Starboard Cruise Services subsidiary, spearheading partner relations and overseeing hundreds of retail outlets on Starboard cruise ships. He previously spent 15 years at the company’s flagship Louis Vuitton brand, where he successively led the company’s demand planning, U.S. manufacturing, worldwide supply chain, and all retail operations in the Southern United States, the Caribbean and Latin America.
“I’m proud to join Ayr at this pivotal time in the Company’s history as its focus shifts to performance enhancement,” said David Goubert. “After more than two decades of operating large consumer-facing businesses, I am excited to apply my experience to Ayr’s strong foundation. I look forward to working with Jonathan, the Board of Directors and Ayr’s talented team as we collectively build on the work that has been done to develop Ayr into one of the few scaled companies in the cannabis industry. We will drive operational excellence throughout the Company through world-class practices and capitalize on our broad footprint and strong foundation.”
Mr. Goubert will join Ayr on November 1, 2022 and will be based out of the Company’s Miami headquarters.
Co-Chief Operating Officer Jason Griffith, who has helped integrate Ayr’s operating footprint over the last several years, will transition out of the Company. Mr. Griffith has agreed to remain with the Company through a transitionary period to ensure continuity.
Co-Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Drake will serve as Ayr’s sole Chief Operating Officer.
Jonathan Sandelman added, “On behalf of the entire Ayr team, I would like to thank Jason for his contributions to the Company. Jason has helped lead Ayr through its formative years and was instrumental in developing the foundation that Ayr sits on today, poised for profitable growth and further success. We are grateful for his hard work and extraordinary contributions to our company.”