LEAMINGTON, ON, June 15, 2018 -- /D.M.O. Newswire/ -- Aphria Inc. ("Aphria" or the "Company") (TSX:APH) and (OTC:APHQF) today announced the appointment of Joel Toguri as Vice President of Sales effective on June 18, 2018. Mr. Toguri joins the Company from Southern Glazer's of Canada ("Southern Glazer's"), where he was Vice President of Sales and Operations since 2013.
"We're thrilled to bring Joel's incredible talent and considerable experience to Aphria," said Jakob Ripshtein, Chief Commercial Officer at Aphria. "Over many years, Joel has developed a proven track record of driving sales, generating growth and delivering results. His experience in building Southern Glazer's in Canada and his deep familiarity with our exclusive sales distribution partner will help to ensure Aphria's brands and products are successfully represented by cannabis retailers throughout the country."
Mr. Toguri brings more than 20 years' experience in the Canadian beverage alcohol industry. As Southern Glazer's first employee in Canada, he was charged with establishing the company's footprint throughout the country. He led a national sales team of more than 90 people and drove the company to become the #3 Agent/Broker in Canada in just three years. Prior to Southern Glazer's, Mr. Toguri held leadership roles at MolsonCoors, Maxxium Wine & Spirits, and Beam Global Spirits & Wine.
"Aphria is amazingly well-positioned to capitalize on the opportunities in the adult-use market from coast to coast, right out of the gate," said Mr. Toguri. "I am excited to be joining a true leader in the industry, and I look forward to continuing my close relationship with the dedicated team from Great North Distributors to drive the long-term success of Aphria and the Company's portfolio of brands following legalization."
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Aphria is a leading global cannabis company driven by an unrelenting commitment to our people, product quality and innovation. Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario – the greenhouse capital of Canada – Aphria has been setting the standard for the low-cost production of safe, clean and pure pharmaceutical-grade cannabis at scale, grown in the most natural conditions possible. Focusing on untapped opportunities and backed by the latest technologies, patents and IP, Aphria is committed to bringing breakthrough innovation to the global cannabis market. The Company's in-house and licensed portfolio of brands are grounded in expertly-researched consumer insights designed to meet the needs of every consumer segment. Rooted in our founders' multi-generational expertise in commercial agriculture, Aphria drives sustainable long-term shareholder value through a diversified approach to innovation, strategic partnerships and global expansion, with a presence in over 10 countries across 5 continents.
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