Aphria Inc. Announces Executive Appointments and Transition

Published: May 15, 2019

Aphria Inc., a global cannabis company announced several new executive appointments including James Meiers to the role of Chief Operating Officer, Aphria Leamington, Tim Purdie as Chief Information Officer & Chief Information Security Officer, and Maureen Berry as Vice President, Corporate Human Resources. The Company also announced that Jakob Ripshtein, Aphria’s President, will resign from the Company. Mr. Ripshtein will remain in his current role until June 7, 2019. His current responsibilities will be shared among the existing senior leadership team.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and Aphria team, we thank Jakob for his contributions to the Company over the past year and wish him well in his future endeavors. He has been instrumental in assembling the incredible team we are fortunate to have today that will carry his responsibilities forward,” said Irwin D. Simon, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Aphria Inc. “I am very pleased to welcome Jim and Maureen to Aphria, and to promote Tim. A top priority for us is to continue to build our executive talent and culture. We believe today’s appointments demonstrate our commitment to adding depth, experience and leadership to our team as we further advance Aphria’s strategic priorities in Canada and around the world.”

“At Aphria, we remain focused on creating long-term shareholder value by leveraging our strong brand positioning, superior distribution model, product innovation, industrial scale cultivation and automation, medical-use leadership, and our strategic global platform, which we intend to amplify using proceeds from the Company’s recent US$350M offering,” continued Simon. “We are pleased to share that the ramp-up of our growing operations in Parts IV and V at Aphria One are progressing smoothly and Aphria One is on-track to reach its annualized production capacity of 110,000 kilograms by the end of 2019”

Mr. Meiers joins Aphria Inc. from The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a leading natural and organic products company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, where he was a Senior Executive. Over his 14-year tenure at The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., he held various executive roles including President Celestial Seasonings, Hain Celestial Personal Care, CEO Hain Pure Protein and Chief Supply Chain Officer of Hain Grocery & Snacks. He has over 30 years of supply chain experience and general management for consumer-packaged goods companies, including H.J. Heinz and Kraft Food.

With over 30 years of experience prior to joining Aphria Inc., Mr. Purdie held successive executive leadership positions as Chief Operating Officer, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Director, as well as other senior management positions in well-known international companies such as Xede Consulting Group, Sandvine, Research In Motion (Blackberry) and OpenText. In addition, Mr. Purdie holds designations as Certified Information Security Manager, Certified Supply Chain Professional, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Master Project Manager, Certified Scrum Master, and Certified Rummler-Brache Process Improvement consultant.

Prior to joining Aphria Inc., Ms. Berry spent 15 years as the Corporate Human Resources Executive at Canada Health Infoway. She’s also held the roles of Vice-President, Human Resources for Certicom Corp., Vice-President of Human Resources for NRX Global Corp. and Vice-President Human Resources Consulting for Mainstream Access Corp. She has worked at the national and international levels in structuring and managing human resource corporate and consulting functions. Her experience includes consulting and professional services with Coopers and Lybrand/PwC as well as with other firms in Canada.