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    Abner Kurtin

    Chairman, CEO & Founder

    Abner Kurtin

    Chairman, CEO & Founder

    Abner Kurtin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ascend Wellness Holdings (AWH) and the Portfolio Manager for JM10 Partners Fund. Established in 2018, JM10 Partners operates two private equity funds that invest growth capital into the cannabis industry. Mr. Kurtin has been managing opportunity capital for over 20 years. Prior to AWH, he was the founder of K Capital Partners a multibillion dollar hedge fund and Ca2 Group a high end real estate development firm in Massachusetts. He started his career at The Baupost Group and served as a member of the Presidents Council of Massachusetts General Hospital and Chairman of the Hill House. Mr. Kurtin graduated from Harvard Business School and completed his BA at Tufts University.
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    Frank Perullo

    President & Co-Founder

    Frank Perullo

    President & Co-Founder

    Frank Perullo is President & Co-Founder of AWH. Mr. Perullo is also Founder of Novus Group and Sage Systems, one of the leading providers of web-based campaign management software, which he founded in 2002. Sage’s ListManager tool empowered thousands of campaigns across the country to make data driven micro-targeting decisions, giving clients the edge they needed to achieve victory.
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    Daniel Neville

    Chief Financial Officer

    Daniel Neville

    Chief Financial Officer

    Daniel Neville joined AWH as SVP of Finance in March 2019 and in August 2020, he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer. Prior to AWH, Mr. Neville worked at SLS Capital, a special situations hedge fund based in New York, where he served as a Managing Director from January 2015 to March 2019 and an Analyst from April 2010 to January 2015. Previously, he worked as an investment banker at Credit Suisse in the Technology Group, where he worked on mergers & acquisitions and IPO transactions. Mr. Neville earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Duke University.
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    Chris Melillo

    Chief Revenue Officer

    Chris Melillo

    Chief Revenue Officer

    Christopher Melillo currently serves as the Chief Revenue Officer for Ascend Wellness Holdings. Chris has 20+ years experience in retail leadership and store operations. Mr. Melillo was formally the SVP Retail/Wholesale at Curaleaf. Prior to that he was the Senior Director of Stores at Nike North America, and Vice President of Stores at DTLR/Villa. He has held significant leadership roles in Equinox, Pet Smart and Home Depot. He has been instrumental in retail expansions, store design, construction, merchandising and omni-channel commerce in hundreds of stores, in addition to developing and leading retail teams across the country.
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    Robin Debiase

    Chief People Officer

    Robin Debiase

    Chief People Officer

    Robin Debiase joined AWH as Chief People Officer in March 2021. In this role, Ms. Debiase leads the people team and strategy for the company. Prior to joining AWH, Ms. Debiase was VP of HR at WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) for over 12,000 associates across North America. Prior to WW, she was the Head of HR for Delta Galil Industries, a global manufacturer and marketer of private label apparel products, with owned brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Splendid and PJ Salvage, and licenses for Tommy Hilfiger, Columbia, Wilson and Calvin Klein. In her role there, Ms. Debiase led a cultural transformation of the human resources department into a high-functioning, accountable team focused on associate advocacy.

    Prior to her time at Delta Galil Industries, Ms. Debiase’s career took her to Circuit City, as the Director of HR, Walgreens, where she was the Senior Director of HR, and Hanesbrands, Inc, where she served as the Senior Vice President of HR. Robin has an MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a BA from St. Joseph’s College.

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    Rebecca Conti Koar

    SVP Investor Relations

    Rebecca Conti Koar

    SVP Investor Relations

    Rebecca Conti Koar joined AWH as Head of Investor Relations in June 2021. Ms. Koar has 10+ years of professional experience spanning Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Strategy, Investor Relations, and Venture Capital at both public and private companies. She has held prior positions at Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Covanta Energy (NYSE: CVA), Conduent (NASDAQ: CNDT), and Golden Seeds. Prior to her professional work, Ms. Koar graduated with a B.S. from the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with concentrations in Materials Science, Engineering Business, and Applied Math. At AWH, Ms. Koar is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of investor programs, quarterly earnings, messaging, and activities. She also serves as the Corporate Liaison to the Board of Directors and oversees all Corporate Communications. If you are an investor or a potential investor, please reach out to her at IR@awholdings.com.
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    Maggie Connors

    Chief Brand Officer

    Maggie Connors

    Chief Brand Officer

    Maggie Connors is a seasoned cannabis executive and award-winning brand builder. She was a pioneer in the legal cannabis industry as Founder & CEO of besito, a cannabis products company she started in Los Angeles in 2017 and sold to SPARC in 2021. Under Maggie’s leadership, besito synthesized creativity and inclusivity into an unrivaled vision within the industry, earning its patented products and marketing campaigns Clio awards for Brand Design and Advocacy. Prior to joining the cannabis industry, Maggie worked in brand management and product design at Starbucks, PepsiCo, and Apple. She has an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Northwestern University.