Akerna Appoints Current COO Ray Thompson as President & COO as Firm Prepares for Changing Cannabis Landscape

Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN), a leading enterprise software company and the developer of the most comprehensive technology infrastructure, ecosystem, and compliance engine powering the global cannabis industry, today announces the appointment of the Company’s current COO, Ray Thompson, as Akerna’s President and COO effective today, January 20. 

Mr. Thompson brings a wealth of company knowledge and experience, having overseen the day-to-day operations of Akerna and its portfolio of brands as Akerna’s COO since 2018. His proven record of leadership is evident in Akerna’s recent achievements including the successful integration of six acquired companies, the expansion of Akerna products available to the enterprise sector, and the alignment and optimization of internal operations and processes.

“The leadership and commitment Ray has demonstrated over his years as COO of Akerna have been instrumental to getting us to where we are today,” says Jessica Billingsley, Chair and CEO of Akerna. “I am excited to leverage his expertise in new ways to bring Akerna into our next phase of development.”

“As we look forward, we must zero in on what Akerna uniquely contributes to the world,” added Mr. Thompson. “As the company with the most comprehensive cannabis-specific software solution on the market, pre-license and post-license consulting services, and robust data analytics, we are uniquely positioned to fully serve the evolving cannabis industry of today and tomorrow. I welcome this opportunity to lead the revenue and operations teams into the next phase of Akerna.”

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