KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — JM Search, a premier retained executive search firm, announced the recentthe placement of Denyelle Bruno as Chief Executive Officer of Perfect Union, California’s largest wholly-owned cannabis company.
Bruno brings over 25 years of experience building brands and businesses. She was awarded 2020 CEO of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal, among other prestigious leadership awards, while serving as CEO of Tender Greens, where she restructured the farm-to-fork restaurant chain to ready it for broad national scale. She was part of the seven-member team that created Apple’s retail experience and personally opened the first Apple store (Glendale, Calif. in 2001). She has held leadership positions at some of the nation’s most renowned brands, including Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Drybar, where she helped build one of the hottest brands in the beauty industry as President of Retail.
“I’m ecstatic to be joining the fastest growing industry in the world. I spent years looking for the right opportunity, in cannabis. Perfect Union’s reputation, high-caliber investors and its desire to scale made it a perfect fit. I’m excited to use my expertise to push this industry to the next level,” said Denyelle Bruno.
JM Search Partners, Abbee Phillips and MaryJeanne Scott stated they are proud to have collaborated with Perfect Union on this placement. Abbee Phillips is a founding member of JM Search’s Cannabis Practice, which was established back in 2016, and MaryJeanne Scott leads the Consumer Practice. JM Search was the first exclusively retained executive search firm in North America to form a dedicated Cannabis Industry Practice. The firm leverages its knowledge and extensive network across consumer, technology, manufacturing, and healthcare sectors to identify and successfully recruit transformative leaders who are helping to professionalize and scale Cannabis companies across North America.
“Denyelle is exactly the type of leader this business and industry needs. She will bring her understanding of building great brands and best in class teams to Perfect Union,” said Phillips. “As the cannabis industry scales, so does the demand for experienced executive leadership. We are seeing that demand is met with interest, as more and more executives are looking to shift into the cannabis industry. This industry is at a pivotal inflection point. We are dedicated to our mission of recruiting well-vetted senior executives from outside the industry who can quickly adapt and apply their expertise to help scale cannabis-related companies and accelerate growth.”
“The cannabis industry has been a front runner in making it a priority to have underrepresented individuals a part of their leadership teams,” said Scott. “With diversity, equity and inclusion as one of our core values, we are thrilled to not only provide our client with the best possible talent but to have female executives rise to the top of the cannabis industry. Denyelle’s expertise will aid in building a world-class team and will not only take Perfect Union but the cannabis industry to new heights.”
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