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Wana Brands announces key promotions to Vice Presidents of Market Expansion and Innovation


Boulder, Colo. (Nov 2, 2020)Wana Brands, America’s favorite edibles producer, has promoted Stephanie Daley to serve as Vice President of Market Expansion and Mike Hennesy to serve as Vice President of Innovation. Daley and Hennesy report to CEO Nancy Whiteman and are based out of Wana’s headquarters in Boulder.

“As Wana Brands marks its 10th anniversary, we are proud of our No. 1 position both in innovation and market footprint. Stephanie and Mike have been integral in achieving this level of success,” Whiteman noted.

In her new role as Vice President of Market Expansion, Daley oversees all aspects of Wana Brand’s growth efforts in both the U.S. and Canada. Daley has led Wana’s expansion program from its headquarters in Colorado into eight additional states, including California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Arizona, Oregon and Oklahoma. She is currently spearheading expansion into three more markets including Massachusetts, Missouri and Florida.

Daley also oversaw Wana’s launch into three new markets including Wana’s first international market in Canada in the midst of a global pandemic that shut down borders. Previously, Daley served as Wana’s Director of Remote Operations. She has worked extensively in various aspects of the industry, including cultivation, post cultivation and infused-product manufacturing. Before joining Wana Brands, she was Director of Post Cultivation at The Farm and National Retail Director at Rocky Mountain Hydroponics. She earned her master’s degree in sociology at Humboldt State University and her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at DeSales University.

“Under Stephanie’s leadership, Wana has grown from one market to 10, and in the midst of a global pandemic, she re-worked procedures and processes to successfully double our footprint. She’s ideally suited to support Wana’s upward trajectory as the company expands into new legal cannabis markets in the U.S. and internationally,” Whiteman said.

In his new position as Vice President of Innovation, Hennesy continues to lead Wana Brands’ ongoing work as a top producer of cannabis infused products. Prior to this role, he served as Wana’s Director of Innovation, where he oversaw the company’s R&D efforts, as well as partnerships involving new cannabis technologies. Hennesy spearheaded the team that developed Wana’s groundbreaking Quick line of gummies and tinctures that use innovative encapsulation techniques to increase the bioavailability of cannabinoids.

Since the Colorado launch in March, Wana Quick Gummies have been ranked #3, #4 and #7 in top edibles. Hennesy oversaw the development of Wana’s vape line, including its unique proprietary terpene blends. Within six months of launch, Wana’s disposable vape was ranked #1 in the Colorado market. Making education a top priority, Hennesy also developed Wana’s online interactive training program that covers topics including science of the endocannabinoid system. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Technology from The University of Maryland. He is currently enrolled in a Master’s Program for Cannabis Science and Therapeutics at The University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy.

“Mike has led Wana’s bold innovation of cannabinoid science for the past several years, which has been another reason for Wana’s sales and market-share growth,” Whiteman said. “What really distinguishes Mike is his absolute passion for the plant and its potential to change the world for the better and make it healthier, coupled with his unique ability to translate complex scientific and technological concepts into understandable benefits. Plus, his comedic timing is impeccable.”

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Emily Trigg at 318-564-8195 or [email protected].

Wana Brands: Enhance Your Life.

Included in the 2020 Inc. 5000 list at #2,074 and boasting a three-year growth rate of 203%, Wana Brands is the No. 1 edibles brand in the United States, with more dollars sold than any other brand, according to BDS Analytics 2019 Brand Share Report. Wana leads the industry in quality, consistency and potency, providing a range of different options that enable customers to create the specific cannabis experience they want. Wana products offer diverse product forms including edibles, vapes, and extended-release capsules, four different CBD/THC ratios as well as a variety of different dosages, onset times and duration of effects. The portfolio is designed so products can be used singly or in combination to address specific health, wellness, and recreational needs. Wana products are available in Colorado, California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Arizona, Oregon and Oklahoma dispensaries, with Massachusetts, Missouri and Florida among the states imminently coming online. Wana Brands is available internationally in Canada.


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