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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

    Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder

    Frank Perullo

    Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder

    Frank Perullo is Co-Founder of AWH and serves as Chief Strategy Officer. 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. Notable clients include former Governor Deval Patrick, United States Senator Sherrod Brown, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, the Ohio Democratic Party, and former Delaware Governor Jack Markell. Mr. Perullo has served as the general consultant and pollster on hundreds of successful campaigns and has been named by Campaigns and Elections as one of the nation’s most powerful political influencers.
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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.
  • Chris Melillo

    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.
  • Corey Sheahan

    Corey Sheahan

    Executive Vice President - Legal

    Corey Sheahan

    Executive Vice President - Legal

    Corey Sheahan is Executive Vice President – Legal for Ascend Wellness Holdings. Prior to joining Ascend, he served as Deputy General Counsel for Acreage Holdings, Inc., a multistate operator in the cannabis industry, from 2018-2020. He previously was an associate at Foley and Lardner LLP. Mr. Sheahan holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin and a Juris Doctor from the Duke University School of Law.
  • Robin Debiase

    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 will develop and lead the People team and Strategy for AWH. Prior to 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, owned brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Splendid and PJ Salvage and licenses for men, women and children such as Tommy Hilfiger, Columbia, Wilson and Calvin Klein. In her role, Ms. Debiase led a cultural transformation of the human resources team into a high-functioning, accountable, reliable and associate advocate organization.

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

  • Andrea Cabral

    Andrea Cabral

    Massachusetts CEO

    Andrea Cabral

    Massachusetts CEO

    Andrea J. Cabral is the Massachusetts CEO of Ascend Wellness Holdings, a vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis company.  She leads MassGrow LLC, a cannabis cultivation and manufacturing company and Ascend Mass LLC, a multi-site adult use retail cannabis company.  In 2020, she was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of Fifteen Powerful and Innovative Women in Cannabis.  Her leadership in AWH follows a 28-year career in government and public service.  Andrea is a former Assistant District Attorney, the twice-elected Sheriff of Suffolk County and a former Patrick Administration Public Safety Secretary.  She is the Chair of the Public Safety and Community Mitigation Subcommittee of the Cannabis Advisory Board appointed by Attorney General Maura Healy as an expert in criminal justice reform.

    Ms Cabral also provides weekly commentary and legal analysis on Boston Public Radio, The Jim and Margery Show on WGBH Boston Public Radio.

    She is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School.

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    T. Andrew Brown

    President New York

    T. Andrew Brown

    President New York

    T. Andrew Brown is the founder and managing partner of Brown Hutchinson and the current President of the New York State Bar Association.

    For nine years, Brown was a member of the New York State Board of Regents, which provides general supervision of all educational activities within the state and was vice-chancellor of the board since 2017. He is a former general counsel of the National Bar Association, the largest association of attorneys and judges of color in the world. He is a past president of the Monroe County Bar Association and the Rochester Black Bar Association. He has served on many other boards and commissions and has also held adjunct teaching positions with the State University of New York.

    Brown earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University.