TORONTO, July 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) (“Cronos Group” or the “Company”) today announced that Dr. Todd Abraham has been appointed as the Company’s Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, Dr. Abraham will be responsible for advancing Cronos Group’s research and development initiatives in cannabinoids with a focus on identifying new disruptive technologies and adopting best practices and innovations from adjacent consumer goods industries. Dr. Abraham will report to Cronos Group CEO Mike Gorenstein.
Considered to be a consumer-packaged goods (“CPG”) thought leader, Dr. Abraham brings to Cronos Group extensive experience in identifying, developing and commercializing innovative breakthrough technology for the consumer goods sector. He joins the Company after 17 years with Mondelēz International, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Research and Nutrition and Vice President, Global Research and Technology Strategy. In these roles, Dr. Abraham was responsible for worldwide technology development and strategy, scientific screening, nutritional science and communication, consumer guidance testing, analytical programs, R&D training and intellectual property strategy for a $35 billion multi-national business. Prior to Mondelēz, Dr. Abraham served in various R&D, technology, marketing and product development roles for The Pillsbury Company and Procter & Gamble.
“As we continue to build out our executive team with proven leaders, Dr. Abraham emerged as a perfect choice for our Chief Innovation Officer given his outstanding record of transferring consumer needs from development to the marketplace,” said Mike Gorenstein. “I am confident his strategic business experience coupled with his skills in product development, nutritional science, R&D strategy and organizational development will benefit our own growth as a global leader in cannabinoid innovation.”
Dr. Abraham said, “With Cronos Group, I have an exciting opportunity to join a company committed to innovation to create a new market and shape a new industry. The work Cronos Group has underway with Ginkgo Bioworks and Cronos Device Labs is just the beginning. I look forward to leveraging my consumer products experience, technical expertise and scientific background to help drive Cronos Group’s cannabinoid technology and product development across categories.”
About Dr. Todd Abraham
Todd K. Abraham, Ph.D. served as Senior Vice President, Research and Nutrition for Mondelēz International from 2007 to 2017 and as Vice President, Global Research and Technology Strategy from 2002 to 2007. In these roles, he was responsible for worldwide technology development and strategy, scientific screening, nutritional science and communication, consumer guidance testing, analytical programs, R&D training, knowledge management and intellectual property strategy.
From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Abraham held various executive positions at Nabisco Foods Company, including serving as Vice President, Nabisco Biscuit, Snacks and Confection Segment.
Prior to Nabisco Foods Company, Dr. Abraham served in numerous leadership positions in Marketing, General Management and R&D at The Pillsbury Company, from 1985 to 2000. He began his career in the consumer products industry at Procter & Gamble where he served as Product Development, Technical Brand Manager / Group Leader from 1981 to 1985.
Dr. Abraham holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Brown University, a Master of Business Administration in Strategic planning from The Wharton School and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania.
About Cronos Group Inc.
Cronos Group is an innovative global cannabinoid company with international production and distribution across five continents. Cronos Group is committed to building disruptive intellectual property by advancing cannabis research, technology and product development. With a passion to responsibly elevate the consumer experience, Cronos Group is building an iconic brand portfolio. Cronos Group’s portfolio includes PEACE NATURALS™, a global health and wellness platform, and two adult-use brands, COVE™ and Spinach™. To learn more about Cronos Group and its brands, please visit: www.thecronosgroup.com; www.peacenaturals.com; www.covecannabis.ca; www.spinachcannabis.com.
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