Former Mattel and General Mills executive, Katy Dickson, joins Tilray’s leadership team as Manitoba Harvest President to continue global growth for hemp foods
NANAIMO, B.C. – Today, Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY), a global pioneer in cannabis production, research, cultivation and distribution, announced the expansion of its global senior leadership team with the appointment of Katy Dickson as President, Manitoba Harvest. Tilray acquired Manitoba Harvest, the world’s largest hemp food company, in early 2019.
Dickson joins Tilray from global toy and entertainment leader Mattel, where she served as Senior Vice President, Global Brand GM and President of American Girl. At American Girl, Dickson led initiatives to further build the premium brand and expand internationally. Prior to Mattel, Dickson worked for global media and information leader NewsCorp, where she served as EVP and Global Chief Marketing Officer for the company’s News America Marketing (NAM) division. Prior to NewsCorp, Dickson spent close to 25 years with General Mills, where she held numerous senior marketing and brand management roles, including Vice President, GM of the Old El Paso and Betty Crocker Dinners businesses.
“We’re pleased to welcome Katy to our senior leadership team to build on the success of the Manitoba Harvest brand globally,” said Brendan Kennedy, Tilray CEO. “Katy brings incredible experience connecting with global customers in the CPG and functional food categories. Her experience will be valuable as we work to gain access to new markets around the world and evolve our hemp food offerings to cater to varying customer needs and preferences.”
Founded in 1998, Manitoba Harvest is the world’s largest hemp food manufacturer and a leader in the natural foods industry. It produces, manufactures, markets and distributes a broad-based portfolio of hemp-based consumer products. Manitoba Harvest’s products are sold globally across more than 20 countries, including approximately 16,000 retail stores across the United States and Canada. Products in the Manitoba Harvest portfolio include: Hemp Hearts™, Hemp Oil™, Hemp Yeah! ™ granola, Hemp Yeah! ™ protein powder, Hemp Yeah! ™ wellness bars and Hemp Bliss™ milk. Manitoba Harvest also recently launched a CBD line containing Broad Spectrum Hemp Extracts.
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