Little Green Pharma (LGP) CEO Fleta Solomon will step down at the end of August, with current chief operating officer Paul Long taking on the role.

LGP founder Solomon will remain on the board in a part-time executive role focused on external communications, market positioning, environmental, social and governance (ESG) and branding.

Paul Long and Fleta Solomon

She said: “After seven years as CEO, living and breathing Little Green Pharma, I’ve elected to reduce my workload and focus increasingly on those parts of the LGP business I’m most passionate about.

“While this is a difficult decision personally, it was made much easier knowing we have a ready-made replacement in our COO Paul Long.”

Long has been with LGP for more than five years and was previously chief executive of Onsite Health Solutions before its acquisition by Sanitarium in 2012.

LGP chairman Michael Lynch-Ball said: “Fleta remains extremely passionate about Little Green Pharma and will continue to be an invaluable asset to the company in her new role as executive director. 

“I would like to formally acknowledge the commitment, energy, drive and success she has achieved in her term as CEO.”

Of Long, he added: “Paul has tremendous drive and commitment to the business and has earned the respect of investors, staff, customers, and the board… we’re confident he will be an outstanding CEO and steward of the growth strategy we continue to pursue.”

As the third largest shareholder in the company, LGP said Solomon has no plans to divest her shares other than “potentially small parcels to fund tax obligations if required”.

She added: “I’m incredibly proud of the patient lives we have changed around the world through cannabis medicines… Little Green Pharma is in my blood and remains my passion.

“I remain 100% committed to the company and optimistic and buoyant about its future prospects.”

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...

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