NEW YORK, NY--via eTeligis-PlandaBiotechnology, Inc. (OTCQB: PLPL), a producer of highlybioavailableplant extracts for industries including health, wellness,nutraceutical, and pharmaceutical, announced today that it has namedJamenShively, a leading voice in the burgeoning marijuana industry and co-founder of the DiegoPellicergroup of companies, to its Board of Directors. Mr. Shively will be filling the vacancy created with the resignation of David Rzepnicki, who recently resigned.
Roger Duffield, Chief Executive Officer ofPlanda, commented on the appointment of Mr. Shively to the Board, "Jamenbrings a wealth of experience in both engineering and branding toPlandanot to mention his bold leadership in the cannabis field. As a member ofPlanda'sBoard,Jamenwill be instrumental in helping shape our corporate policy and direction as we move from being a research company into production and sales in the coming months."
JamenShively, age 45, has a background in engineering and marketing, with specialties in artificial intelligence, the modeling and optimization of complex networks, and the creation and positioning of new categories of products and services.Jamenco-founded DiegoPellicerInc. in 2012, and built the brand from zero to the #1 most recognized brand of cannabis in the world in less than one year. Prior to founding DiegoPellicer,Jamenworked for Microsoft from 2003 to 2009 as Corporate Strategy Manager, where he focused on the creation and development of new categories of software products and online services. Preceding his Microsoft career he headed Shively International Inc., which built and operated both cybercafs and educational computer centers in Mexico. Just prior to founding DiegoPellicerInc.,Jamenfounded and headed the online marketplace for the specialty food industry,Findood, winning first place in the Northwest Entrepreneur Network's First Look Forum Competition for the top new startup in 2010. Jamencompleted his undergraduate work at U.C. Berkeley in Civil Engineering, and did graduate work at M.I.T. and U.C. Berkeley in Civil Engineering and Materials Science. He is a Fellow of the National Science Foundation.
Mr. Duffield added, "We are grateful for the years of service Mr. Rzepnicki provided tomyselfand toPlandaover the past decade. He was one of the first to grasp the vision of the company and has been an unflagging ally over the years. As he focuses on his family and other business opportunities, we extend our sincerest thanks."
PlandaBiotechnology, Inc. and its subsidiaries develop highlybioavailable,phytonutrientrich extracts which are being utilized to deliver a new family of drugs to safely and affordably treat a multitude of diseases and conditions.PlandaBiotechnology controls every aspect of the process, from growing the raw materials on its farms in South Africa, to producing its patentedPhytofareextracts in-house, allowing the Company to guarantee the continuity of supply as well as quality control throughout the entire process. Targeted industries for the Company's products include beverage,cosmeceutical, wellness,nutraceutical, anti-aging, and pharmaceutical. For more information, please visithttp://www.plandaibiotech.com.