Board of Directors

John Held, Independent Director and Chairman of our Board of Directors

Mr. Held first joined the Company’s Board on May 18, 2018 and has served as Board Chair since September 2020. ‎Mr. Held is Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and is a member of the Compensation ‎Committee of the Board. Mr. Held has served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Omega Protein ‎Company, a nutritional specialty oils and proteins products company, since 2006, and has served as General ‎Counsel since 2000. In 2014, Mr. Held founded the Byzantium Group, a private security and investigations ‎company, where he served as Board Chair. Prior to working with Omega Protein Company, Mr. Held was General ‎Counsel at American Residential Services, Inc., and also practiced corporate and securities law with a large ‎international law firm. Since April 2021, Mr. Held has served on the Board of Directors of AJNA BioSciences, a ‎botanical drug development company. Mr. Held holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International ‎Relations from Bucknell University and a Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School.‎

Jacques Tortoroli, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Tortoroli is the Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte's Web. He joined the Company’s Board of Directors on November 14, 2019. From November 2014 to September 2020, Mr. ‎Tortoroli served as the President of Bacardi International Limited and Chief Financial Officer and Chief ‎Administrative Officer at Bacardi Ltd, the world’s largest privately-held spirits company, where he was responsible ‎for the company’s finance, strategy, operations, e-commerce, innovation, data insights, and global supply chain. In ‎October 2019, Mr. Tortoroli was named the Executive in Residence and Vice President of Institutional ‎Advancement and Student Career Services at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Since 2021, Mr. Tortoroli has served as ‎a member of the Board of Directors of AJNA BioSciences, a botanical drug development company. He is also ‎Chair of the Board and Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Gameday Gateway, a certified Women’s ‎Business Enterprise. Mr. Tortoroli holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, ‎New York, and he is a CPA.‎

Jean Birch, Independent Director

Ms. Birch joined the Company’s Board on July 10, 2020. Since July 2020, Ms. Birch has served as the Chair of the ‎Company’s Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Since 2007, Ms. Birch has served as ‎Chief Executive Officer and President of her own strategy and leadership consulting practice, Birch Company, LLC. ‎In July 2021, Ms. Birch was named as chair of the Board of Directors and Lead Director at NextPoint Financial Inc. ‎Since February 2018, she’s been a director of Forrester Research, Inc., a global research and advisory firm, where ‎she currently serves as Chair of that Board’s Audit Committee. In addition, since September 2018, Ms. Birch has ‎been a director of CorePoint Lodging Inc., a real estate investment trust, where she currently serves on that Board’s ‎Audit and Nominating & Governance Committees. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s ‎Miracle Network Hospitals since 2013. Ms. Birch was a director of Jack in the Box from June 2019 through ‎February 2021. Ms. Birch served as a member of the Board of Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. from April 2015 until ‎May 2019, and served as Chair of the Board of Papa Murphy’s from September 2016 until May 23, 2019, when ‎the company was sold to MTY Food Group. Ms. Birch was appointed President and CEO of Papa Murphy’s in ‎December 2016 and served in that position until July 2017. Ms. Birch holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and ‎Oriental Studies from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.‎

Susan Vogt, Independent Director

Ms. Vogt has been a director of the Company since September 3, 2020. Ms. Vogt is a member of the Audit ‎Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Since September 2019, Ms. Vogt has ‎served on the Board of Directors of Sharps Compliance Corp, a publicly-held medical waste management ‎company, where she serves on the Governance Committee and as Chair of the Audit Committee. In October 2018, ‎Ms. Vogt joined the Board of Anika Therapeutics Inc. where she currently serves as Chair of the Governance and ‎Nominating Committee and as a designated audit committee financial expert member of its Audit Committee. Ms. ‎Vogt previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aushon Biosystems, Inc., a developer of a ‎multiplex immunoassay platform from 2013 until the company was acquired by Quanterix Corporation in January ‎‎2018. Ms. Vogt received her M.B.A. from Boston University with a concentration in Finance and her bachelor’s ‎degree from Brown University in Art History.‎

Tim Saunders, Independent Director

Mr. Saunders joined the Board on June 18, 2021. Mr. Saunders is a member of the Audit Committee and the ‎Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. From January 2020 to April 2021, Mr. Saunders was Chief ‎Financial Officer of Collective Growth Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company listed on Nasdaq, which ‎he helped steer to a merger with Innoviz Technologies Ltd., at a market capitalization of $1.4 billion. From 2015 ‎until his retirement in May 2019, Mr. Saunders served as Chief Financial Officer of Canopy Growth Corporation ‎from its entrepreneurial beginning through its listings on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock ‎Exchange, both firsts in the Cannabis sector. Prior to Canopy, Mr. Saunders held financial executive and leadership ‎roles across a number of sectors including mobile, telecom, semiconductors, manufacturing, and clean tech. Mr. ‎Saunders is recognized with the distinction as a Fellow Chartered Public Accountant, Fellow Chartered Accountant ‎‎(FCPA, FCA) by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and is a graduate of Bishop’s University where ‎he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also earned an executive certificate from the Ivey ‎School of Business at Western University (Ontario) and possesses the ICD.D designation awarded by the Institute of ‎Corporate Directors. Mr. Saunders has served on the Ottawa Hospital Foundation Board of Directors as a Director ‎and Audit Committee Chair since June 2019. Finally, Mr. Saunders has also served on the Elmwood School Board ‎of Directors and Finance Committee since January 2018.‎