The Very Good Food Company Inc. (NASDAQ: VGFC) (TSXV: VERY.V) (FSE: 0SI) (“VERY GOOD” or the “Company”), a leading plant-based food technology company, today is announcing changes to both its board of directors (the “Board”) and the Senior Leadership team.
VERY GOOD is announcing that Mitchell Scott, co-founder and CEO of VERY GOOD, will be stepping down from his role as director and Chairman of the Board effective immediately, resulting in the Board consisting of a majority of independent directors on a go forward basis. A search is under way to fill the vacancy that has been created.
“Having a majority of independent directors is an important step in enhancing our corporate governance,” said Mitchell Scott, co-founder and CEO of VERY GOOD. “As we grow and mature as a publicly listed company, we are committed to strengthening our Board, as well as our corporate governance policies and initiatives.”
Additionally, the Company announced today that its Board has formed a Nominating and Governance Committee (the “Committee”) comprised of its three independent directors, Dela Salem, Bill Tolany and Justin Steinbach. The Committee will provide governance leadership to the Company and will be responsible for further developing, enhancing, and recommending the Company’s governance guidelines and initiatives, as well as overseeing the self-evaluation of the Board. The Committee will also be responsible for identifying and recommending nominees for election to the Board, in conjunction with search firms in Canada and the U.S.
VERY GOOD is also pleased to announce the appointment of Janet Meiklejohn to the role of Vice President of Finance & Investor Relations and member of the Senior Leadership Team. Prior to joining VERY GOOD, Janet was the principal of Emerald Capital, a consulting company providing CFO, strategic, valuation, corporate governance and marketing services to high growth companies. Prior to that, she was VP Institutional Equity Sales with numerous Canadian investment banks, including Desjardins Securities, National Bank, and Macquarie Capital, from 1997 to 2015. She recently joined the Board of Directors of Forum Energy Metals, a publicly listed company on the TSX-V. Janet is a CPA (CA) and has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
“We are pleased to welcome Janet to the team,” said Mitchell Scott. “Janet’s depth of knowledge in capital markets and her governance and marketing experience will be invaluable, particularly with our recent listing on the Nasdaq. Her experience in her former role as CFO of a high growth private bioscience company also will provide support to the interim CFO, Anna Silva, and her team.”
About The Very Good Food Company Inc.
The Very Good Food Company Inc. is an emerging plant-based food technology company that produces nutritious and delicious plant-based meat and cheese products under VERY GOOD's core brands: The Very Good Butchers and The Very Good Cheese Co. www.verygoodfood.com.
OUR MISSION IS LOFTY, BADASS BUT BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE: GET MILLIONS TO RETHINK THEIR FOOD CHOICES WHILE HELPING THEM DO THE WORLD A WORLD OF GOOD. BY OFFERING PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTIONS SO DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS, WE'RE HELPING THIS KIND OF DIET BECOME THE NORM.
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