Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries Inc. announced on Oct. 31 that it had hired Beth Burk as interim chief legal and compliance officer. Her predecessor, Matt Miller, had joined GTI in January after serving as deputy general counsel at e-commerce company Groupon Inc.
Miller said in a message posted to LinkedIn that he had resigned from GTI and would be taking some time off. “I will be at the proverbial—and hopefully literal—beach,” he wrote. Miller did not return a request for comment sent to him through the professional networking platform.
Burk, a former Winston & Strawn partner whose LinkedIn bio touts her ability to “bring calm to chaos,” was unavailable to discuss her new role. She had most recently spent four years as global chief compliance officer at professional services firm Aon Corp., which she left over the summer.
“I am thrilled to join the GTI team and to lead the company’s best-in-class compliance and governance practices,” Burk said in a statement. A spokeswoman for GTI said that Burk was busy this week in meetings and unable to discuss her new role.
Burk joins GTI at a busy time. In August, the company completed a $59.6 million cash-and-stock acquisition of New York-based Fiorello Pharmaceuticals Inc., one of only 10 authorized medicinal cannabis providers in the Empire State. GTI inked another $80 million cash-and-stock deal in January to buy West Haven, Conn.-based Advanced Grow Labs.
Both deals occurred after GTI raised $67 million through an initial public offering on the Canadian Stock Exchange in June 2018. Cassels Brock Blackwell, a leading Canadian law firm, handled that transaction for GTI, whose CEO is Benjamin Kovler, heir to the Jim Beam bourbon fortune. Kovler took over as CEO from Peter Kadens, who stepped down from the top leadership role at GTI shortly after its IPO.
Earlier this year, GTI promoted chief compliance counsel Dina Rollman to serve as senior vice president of regulatory and government affairs. In June, the company hired Stacey Dixon Mahone, an assistant general at Japanese pharmaceutical firm Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., as its assistant general counsel for litigation and compliance. Bret Kravitz has served as GTI’s chief corporate counsel since 2017.
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