Clever Leaves Holdings has appointed William Muecke to its board of directors, effective March 25, 2022, to fill the vacancy resulting from the previously announced departure of Kyle Detwiler, the company’s current chairman and CEO, effective March 24, 2022. Muecke was also appointed to the board’s nominating and governance committee, as well as its compensation committee.
Muecke is a co-founder and managing member of Artemis Growth Partners, an impact-focused ESG cannabis investment fund with $350+ million of assets under management, where he has led since 2017. Prior to founding Artemis Growth Partners, Muecke was a co-founder and managing partner of CoreCo Private Equity, which was named as a “Best for the World” impact investment fund by Global Impact Investment Rating System’s B Analytics in 2017. He previously held senior leadership positions at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served as global co-head of the mobile data sector in the communications, media, and entertainment group, and as managing director and global co-head of the healthcare services sector in the healthcare investment banking group.
With nearly 30 years of experience in global finance, he brings extensive expertise in banking advisory, restructuring, debt and equity funding, and merger negotiations across a wide variety of U.S. and international industries, with specific expertise in global cannabis markets and investing. Muecke received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Honors Chemistry from Cornell University, and he is a graduate of the FALCon Program in Japanese at Cornell’s Graduate School.
“As a corporate finance, cannabis, and healthcare veteran, Will is a welcome addition to our board as we prepare to enter our next phase of growth,” said Andres Fajardo, who will succeed Detwiler as CEO of Clever Leaves effective March 24, 2022. “His deep experience supporting companies across the value chain within the global cannabis sector—with consideration to emerging ESG trends—aligns with our refined strategic focus for 2022 and beyond. We look forward to leveraging his comprehensive industry expertise and network of executive connections in the finance community as we propel Clever Leaves towards its long-term potential.”
Commenting on his appointment, Muecke said: “With Clever Leaves’ ability to leverage its cost-efficient business model into significant commercial execution, I believe it’s very well-positioned in the global pharmaceutical cannabinoid market. With my experience in the European and Latin American markets, I am committed to enhancing our cost advantages even further as we deepen our foothold within these key regions. I look forward to supporting the board and management team as we work to create shareholder value and strengthen the company’s position within the international cannabis industry.”
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