MariMed, Inc.’s Board of Directors has appointed Jon Levine as chief executive officer and Edward Gildea as chairman of the board

Gildea has served as an independent director of the company since 2013. Levine, co-founder and president of MariMed, has served as interim CEO since the December passing of co-founder, chairman and CEO Bob Fireman.

“I am humbled at the opportunity to lead MariMed as CEO and am particularly thankful to the board for entrusting me to continue the mission that drove Bob and me to create this great company,” Levine said. “We have built a strong, profitable business while improving people’s lives every day. I look forward to navigating MariMed’s future alongside the greatest team in the cannabis industry.”

Following its search process for the company’s permanent CEO, the board concluded Levine was most qualified to help MariMed achieve the mission that he and Fireman created as co-founders over a decade ago.

“Jon’s deep industry experience, his tenured and proven leadership of the Company, and his clear vision for its future, are unparalleled and will serve MariMed’s shareholders very well,” Gildea said. “The board looks forward to providing Jon the support he needs to lead the continued implementation of the company’s strategic plan.”