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05/13/2021

LeafLine names CPG vet CEO

Scott Schilling joins LeafLine from Diageo, where he most recently served as senior vice president and head of innovation. 
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Cannabis and CBD wellness company LeafLine Industries now has a longtime alcohol sector executive at the helm. The Minneapolis-based company’s new CEO is Scott Schilling, who joins LeafLine from Diageo, where he most recently served as senior vice president and head of innovation. 

"We're pleased to appoint Scott Schilling as CEO of LeafLine Industries. Ater a focused search, Scott stood apart with an impressive CPG pedigree, exceptional track record of performance and decisive, people-first leadership style," said LeafLine Industries board member Paul Ciasullo. "With deep experience leading complex and highly regulated companies, Scott is uniquely qualified to execute the next phase of LeafLine's business transformation, with a focus on the commercial integration of our medical cannabis and cannabinoid wellness subsidiaries."

Schilling will be focused on integrating LeafLine Labs — the company’s medical cannabis division — with its LeafLine Wellness cannabinoid-focused business into a single conglomerate. He brings to the job CPG experience that includes time at Unilever and AB InBev. Schilling also has served as chief marketing officer and general manager of Prestige Beverage Group, an importer of wine and spirits. 

"Following two decades in the alcohol sector, I'm excited to take on the role of CEO at this inflection point for both LeafLine's business and America's maturing cannabis industry," said Schilling. "LeafLine is well-positioned in the marketplace as one of only two Minnesota companies with a license to produce, process, and distribute medical cannabis, and also manufactures two national CBD wellness brands with a strong retail presence. I'm honored to join such an incredibly talented team. I certainly share their passion for democratizing plant-based wellness."

LeafLine recently expanded its Happy Place line of products.