Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Kyle Detwiler has served as the Chairman of our board of directors since December 2020 and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Clever Leaves (and its predecessor company) since August 2017. In 2015, Mr. Detwiler co-founded Silver Swan Capital, an investment firm focused on niche and underfollowed sectors. From 2012 to 2015, he served as a Principal at The Blackstone Group Inc., a leading alternative investment manager with $564 billion in assets under management. As an early member of the Tactical Opportunities Fund, Mr. Detwiler was involved in the management and served as a board member of seven investments or portfolio companies. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Detwiler was a member of the private equity practice at KKR & Co. Inc., focusing on transactions in the oil and gas, energy, natural resource and health care sectors. Mr. Detwiler began his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley where he worked from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Detwiler served on the boards of directors of Lift & Co. from 2017 and 2018, and Colson Capital Corp. since 2017. Mr. Detwiler earned his Master of Business Administration with distinction from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in economics from Princeton University.
Director and President
Andres Fajardo has served as a Director of our board of directors since December 2020 and has served as President since 2019. Mr. Fajardo has also served in various roles including Chief Executive Officer of Clever Leaves Colombia in 2019 and Chairman in 2018, after helping establish the Clever Leaves business in 2016. Prior to Clever Leaves, from 2016 to 2018, Mr. Fajardo was a Founding Partner of Mojo Ventures, a venture capital incubator in Colombia. Mr. Fajardo has more than 20 years of management experience, having served as CEO of IQ Outsourcing, a leading Colombian business processing outsourcing firm from 2010 to 2015, and previously a principal member at Booz & Company from 2000 to 2010. Mr. Fajardo also served on the boards of directors and advisory boards of a number of private companies from 2012 through 2020. Mr. Fajardo obtained a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and graduated from Los Andes University in Colombia with honors in Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Executive Vice President of Finance
Amit is an experienced finance executive with progressive experience in both public and private companies. Previously, Amit was the CFO for PayCommerce, a private-equity backed global technology company where he navigated a successful divesture for two of the business units. Prior to PayCommerce, he was the Director, Accounting & Tax, for William Grant & Sons, a global premium liquor distilling and distribution company, where he helped turn-around the accounting department and was selected as part of the Growing Leadership Program. Additionally, Amit has worked at companies such as AIG, LS Power Development, and Deloitte. Amit is a licensed CPA in the State of New York with an undergraduate degree in accounting from Rutgers Business School along with a master's degree from Saint Peter’s University.
David M. Kastin
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
David M. Kastin is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Clever Leaves where he leads the company’s global legal and compliance function. David joins Clever Leaves from The Vitamin Shoppe, a omni-channel specialty retailer, where he served as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. David has more than 25 years' experience and a proven track record of success in the legal profession with experience in representing companies in all facets of their business. Previously, he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Town Sports International Holdings, Inc., a leading owner and operator of health and fitness clubs in the Northeast, United States, Deputy General Counsel at Toys "R" Us, Inc., and worked at several prominent New York law firms, including Bryan Cave LLP. He began his career as Staff Attorney in the Northeast Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
David graduated from The George Washington University, in Washington, D. C. with a degree in Finance and graduated from The Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, with a J.D. degree and is a member of the New York and New Jersey bar.
Head of Commercial: Latin America
Gustavo is the Head of Commercial: Latin America for Clever Leaves. He is in charge of designing and implementing the company’s innovation projects aiming to create tangible differentiation in the market through a high impact business model. Gustavo is founding member of Asocolcanna (Colombian Association of Cannabis Industry) and President of the Board of Directors. From the beginning of the company, he was responsible of the initial building process of Cleve Leaves setting the base operational footprint in Colombia, the first products and genetics developments, and the innovation culture as well, positioned as one of the most recognized experts in multiple cannabis topics. Prior to Clever Leaves he was a Founding Partner at Mojo Ventures, a unique early-stage company builder focusing on working with start-ups and small companies to achieve unprecedented growth and profitability. For more than 12 years he had significant experience working for IQ Outsourcing – Grupo Sanford – in executive management, international expansion and technical positions mainly in the healthcare and telecommunications BPO sectors. Gustavo has a Master’s in Business Administration from Los Andes University and a B.E. of Information Technology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
Head of Commercial: Global (Ex-LatAm)
Andrew is Head of Commercial: Global (Ex-LatAm) for Clever Leaves. Andrew has more than 20+ years experience advising executives and companies on accelerating financial and operational growth in industries such as Cannabis, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Medical Devices, Banking and Not-for-profit organizations. Before joining Clever Leaves, Andrew advised more than 100 companies around the world, including 3M, Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Philips, Becton Dickinson, and the YMCA on developing and implementing successful growth strategies.Miller has written two commercially published books as a key player in operational excellence: “Redefining Operational Excellence” (AMACOM, 2014), and “The Unified Theory of Profitability” (Business Expert Press, 2016).
For business inquiries, please contact Andrew at email@example.com
CEO, Herbal Brands
Joe Jacober has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Herbal Brands, Inc. since 2019. From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Jacober led an outsourced CEO/CMO practice and as part of that provided CEO leadership for a successful turnaround and divestiture, of a ready-to-drink fruit juice company called 1 Epic, LLC. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Jacober was President of China Mist Tea Company. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Jacober was the founder and CEO of Innovative Brands from 2010 to 2014 which acquired the Pert Plus and Sure brands from Proctor & Gamble. Mr. Jacober was also a member of the senior management team of UTI, Inc., a for-profit education business from 2002 to 2004 and led other companies, including Belae Brands, from 1993-2001. Mr. Jacober managed the bar and liquid soap categories at The Dial Corporation from 1987 to 1993. Mr. Jacober graduated from Arizona State University and earned his MBA at University of Phoenix.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Hague joins Clever Leaves with extensive experience in providing financial leadership to various public and private entities in the pharmaceutical, biomedical, and cannabis industries. Most recently, Mr. Hague served as CEO at Aidance Scientific, an FDA-registered manufacturer of branded and private label OTC topical medications. Prior to this role, Mr. Hague was CFO of Abacus Health Products, Inc. (“Abacus”) where he led the company’s public listing and the acquisition and integration of Harmony Hemp. Mr. Hague also managed the due diligence and sale process of Abacus to hemp-derived wellness product producer and distributor, Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. Additionally, at Abacus, Mr. Hague assisted with the strategy that placed one of the first OTC CBD products sold at a national retailer and assisted with brand development for Abacus’ brand, CBDMedic. Mr. Hague has also held CFO roles at Foster Corporation and Scott Brass.