Michael Forbes will be stepping down as the Chief Operating Officer
Choom has announced the appointment of Corey Gillon as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer effective Monday, Dec. 1, 2019, and subject to provincial regulatory approvals. In addition to his executive management role, Gillon will be appointed to the Board of Directors effective Dec. 1, 2019. Chris Bogart, Choom’s current CEO, will assume the role of President. The strengthening of Choom’s senior management team is a major component of the company’s strategic initiative to become a nation-wide cannabis retail organization.
“I am thrilled to lead the next phase of growth for Choom Cannabis Co., as we continue to build out our network of retail locations across Canada,” stated Gillon. “The expansion of product categories available to consumers with the launch of ‘legalization 2.0’ makes this a very exciting time to be leading our growth strategy.”
Gillon has held executive leadership roles with world class retailers where he established and implemented customer-focused corporate strategies. During Gillon’s 18-year tenure at Walmart, he held senior leadership roles both domestically and internationally, and led multi-billion dollar business units of over 100 stores and up to 22,000 associates. This spanned across Operations, Ecommerce, Merchandising, M&A and Integration. Following his career at Walmart, Gillon served as Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Aritzia, a leading women’s fashion retailer, where he was responsible for building scalable infrastructure, leading innovation and optimization of the retail organization. Gillon has a proven track record for delivering year-over-year revenue growth as a result of executional excellence, leveraging global best practices and customer-focused retail strategies. Gillon is a graduate of the prestigious Harvard Business School from their executive leadership program.
Additionally, Michael Forbes will be stepping down as the Chief Operating Officer and as a Director of the company as Gillon assumes the day-to-day responsibilities of this operating role.