Blueberries Medical Appoints Co-Founder Camilo Villalba as CEO, Exports Expected to Commence
in First Half of 2020
TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blueberries Medical Corp. (CSE: BBM) (OTC: BBRRF) (FRA: 1OA) (the "Company" or "Blueberries"), a Latin American licensed producer of medicinal cannabis and cannabis-derived products, is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Camilo Villalba as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Villalba, who is a co-founder of Blueberries and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer, will lead the Company's next phase of operational development, with initial exports expected during the first half of 2020. Dr. Patricio Stocker will continue to support Blueberries as a Senior Strategic Consultant focused on expanding the Company's international cannabis sales and other strategic initiatives.
"The Board of Directors and I are pleased that Mr. Villalba has agreed to utilize his business leadership skills, operational expertise, and industry knowledge to guide the Company's future growth," said Christian Toro, Executive Chairman of Blueberries. "Working alongside our experienced management team including Eduardo Molinari as Chief Marketing Officer and Ian Atacan as Chief Financial Officer, we are confident that with Mr. Villalba at the helm, our company is prepared for future success. We thank Dr. Stocker for his contribution to the company and guidance through the preoperational and development phase and look forward to his contributions in expanding the company’s international footprint."
"Blueberries has made tremendous progress in a relatively short period of time and are now among the leading group of operators in Colombia," stated Mr. Villalba. "Now that the infrastructure is in place and commercial cultivation has begun with our approved strains, we are well positioned to ramp up production and meet local and international demand through our company’s owned facilities and agreements with contract growers. I am looking forward to guiding Blueberries in this process as well as establishing a solid operation capable of adapting to the global market conditions."
Mr. Villalba is a co-founder of Blueberries and has been leading the corporate and operational areas since before the Company became the first Colombian cannabis producer listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange. An entrepreneur and business strategist, Mr. Villalba began his career in the Energy sector, providing consulting services to diverse companies in Latin America. Before founding Blueberries, Mr. Villalba was a private equity investor and supported the creation and growth of ventures in different Latin American markets, including Colombia and Mexico. Mr. Villalba has lived and worked in several cities around the globe, developing a robust international business network.
"When I took on the role of CEO of Blueberries, my main objective was to drive the Company to start operations in our facilities by achieving all necessary milestones on the regulatory, agricultural and extraction facets of the business," said Dr. Stocker. "Having achieved this goal, it is time for me to focus on helping the company enter new markets and hand over leadership of operations to Mr. Villalba, whose leadership I am certain will help Blueberries succeed in the next phase of its development."
"Dr. Stocker has been critical in establishing the operations at Blueberries and preparing the company for commercial extraction and sales by building an incredibly capable professional management team and guiding the company during this important juncture," said Mr. Villalba. "I am excited about leading the company on its path to becoming a prominent supplier of naturally grown premium quality cannabis."
About Blueberries Medical Corp.
Blueberries is a Latin American licensed producer of naturally grown premium quality cannabis with its primary operations ideally located in the Bogotá Savannah of central Colombia and operations being initiated in Argentina. The Company is led by a specialized team with proprietary expertise in agriculture, genetics, extraction, medicine, pharmacology, and marketing. Blueberries is fully licensed for the cultivation, production, domestic distribution, and international export of CBD and THC-based medical cannabis in Colombia. Blueberries is positioned to become a leading international supplier of naturally grown, processed, and standardized medicinal-grade cannabis oil extracts and related products with its leading scientific expertise, agricultural advantages, and distribution arrangements.
Additional information about the Company is available at www.blueberriesmed.com. For more information, please contact:
Camilo Villalba, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +57 (313) 483 0131
Ian Atacan, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +1 (416) 562 3220
Jessika Angarita, Pacta Relations
Tel: +1 (305) 877 4710
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