This morning Akerna Corp.. (Nasdaq: KERN), a major cannabis compliance technology provider and developer of the cannabis industry’s first seed-to-sale enterprise resource planning (ERP) software technology (MJ Platform®), has named Alex Shah (Alex), chief technology officer (CTO). Alex will leverage his more than two decades of experience payment technology, licensing, customer loyalty, IP, category management, data analytics, and AI to assist Akerna set the industry standard for transparency and supply accountability.
“One of our primary initiatives here at Akerna will always be to lead through innovation. Having a proven technology veteran like Alex as our CTO is expected to help us do just that, further helping us build upon recent operational momentum. His familiarity with our company and technology, both as a former board member and the founder of solo sciences, makes him ideally suited for this new and more hands-on role,” said Jessica Billingsley, chief executive officer, Akerna. “I look forward to working with him as we together focus on executing our technology vision and goals as we enter 2020.”
Shah served on the board of directors of Akerna. Shah will remain CEO of Solo Sciences, a leader of and consumer engagement technologies. Akerna declared it had taken a majority stake in the company on November 26, 2019.
“Cannabis continues to be one of the fastest-growing industries. Explosive growth can come with inherent risks if not approached the right way,” said Alex Shah. “What we are doing at Akerna is exciting because, through our technology, we empower the consumer by fostering regulatory compliance and transparency. Our technology uniquely results in the creation of consumer trust in the products they’re buying, ensuring they are safe and can be traced back to the source.”
The appointment of Shah to CTO is effective upon the closing of the deal in which Akerna would have a majority stake in Solo Sciences.
The original press release can be found here
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