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Samantha Ford Expands Protis Global’s Board Appointment Service to Focus on the Placement of Women Board Members

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Samantha Ford Expands Protis Global’s Board Appointment Service to Focus on the Placement of Women Board Members

November 18, 2019 | Trisha Patel |

San Francisco, CA – Protis Global announced today that,  the executive recruitment and talent advisory firm will be expanding its board placement practice to include a vertical focused on the placement of women board members, for new and existing clients.  Samantha Ford, senior vice president of cannabis business development – will lead this initiative, while continuing to centralize her efforts around the cannabis industry.  Samantha will be the first recruiting professional to focus, specifically, on the placement of women board members within the cannabis industry.   

“This is a natural segue for Samantha as she has built dynamic relationships with prominent women occupying executive roles, both, in cannabis and other traditional consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, both private and public, as well as, PE, venture capital, and not-for-profit,” said Michael Bitar, partner and managing director of Protis Global. “Through these efforts, she has taken on searches for women board roles in the cannabis industry and has made numerous introductions to current clients of women leaders (with both cannabis and non-cannabis backgrounds) who are interested in board/advisory opportunities.”

Another important initiative Ford founded and is building out, is a group,  Women Leaders in Cannabis (WLC), based in San Francisco. The mission of the group is to bring together founders, investors, and other industry professionals. Through their vast network of connections, (WLC) aims to connect and introduce each other to partnership opportunities, funding, and potential acquisitions. 

Regarding Protis Global’s new focus on the placement of women board members, Ford believes company boards should reflect the communities that they serve by bringing diversity and inclusion into the boardroom. “Within the cannabis industry, a number of leaders have taken the charge putting women on their boards, Acreage, Tilray, iAnthus and Caliva, are just a few”. “I’m encouraged by the interest of many of the CEOs I’ve been talking to in cannabis who are excited by my new initiative and have conveyed a strong interest in adding women to their board.” 

“She remarked, “Earlier this year Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 826, which requires California-based, publicly held companies to have a minimum of one woman on their boards of directors, by the end of 2019.” “By the end of July 2021, companies have to have at least two women on boards of five members and at least three women on boards with six or more. I aim to be a vital resource for these companies, helping them increase their female representation.”

About Protis Global: Protis Global operates with the sole purpose of being the most forward-thinking and value-added strategic partner in all people-focused business solutions. The mission is to be the superior authority on human capital.  Twenty-four years of experience has given Protis Global the expertise to navigate various industries with intense focus and precision. With an incredible knowledge of diversity and the understanding that talent is the foundation of every organization, Protis Global masterfully tailors each partnership to their client’s goals.

MRI operates MRINetwork®, one of the largest talent advisory and professional services providers to recruitment organizations in the world, comprised of nearly 400 independent search and recruitment firms spanning four continents.  Over its more than 50-year history, MRI has provided to thousands of independent search and recruitment firms an unparalleled array of services, including learning and talent development, back-office support, organizational development, marketing support and content, strategic planning and performance management systems. In addition, through MRINetwork, MRI provides member firms with a unique forum for collaborative learning, mentoring, benchmarking and rewards, further contributing to their success potential.www.mrinetwork.com.

Media Contact: Trisha Patel tpatel@protisglobal.com

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