Chicago, June 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Thumb Industries (GTI) (CSE: GTII), a national cannabis cultivator, dispensary operator and consumer packaged goods company that produces and distributes a portfolio of cannabis branded products, welcomes Glen T. Senk to its Board of Directors. Senk is a creative leader who has worked with several of the world’s most iconic brands, including Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Free People, David Yurman, Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn.

“An important aspect of GTI’s growth will involve building brands and amplifying our RISE retail presence and experience in a way that continues to authentically engage our customers – and there’s nobody better to help us do that than Glen,” said GTI Chief Executive Officer Pete Kadens. “GTI currently operates 13 cannabis dispensaries and is on its way to a 50-store retail chain while also manufacturing and distributing branded products throughout the states in which we operate.  With Glen’s creative vision, business acumen and decades of branding and retail experience, he’s the perfect fit for GTI as we strengthen the board as a newly listed public company on the Canadian Securities Exchange.”

“GTI is an outlier—they’re one of the most trusted cannabis companies in North America, yet they’ve just begun their journey,” Senk commented.  “In my mind, GTI’s exceptional performance is the result of an intense commitment to the customer and community combined with systematic and disciplined data-driven decision making.   I am honored to join GTI’s Board of Directors and support this winning team as we embark on additional milestones as a recently listed public company."

About Glen T. Senk:

Beginning with Bloomingdale’s in 1981, Senk rose in just seven years to senior vice president and managing director of Bloomingdale’s by Mail. In 1989, he became chief executive of the London-based Habitat International Merchandise and Marketing Group. Returning to the United States in 1992, Senk joined Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) as senior vice president and general merchandise manager where he supervised Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Hold Everything, Chambers and Gardener’s Eden and, most notably, set the strategy and groundwork for Pottery Barn’s rapid expansion and sales growth.

In 1994, Senk joined Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN) as president of Anthropologie, which was then a single-store prototype. While growing Anthropologie into a billion-dollar brand, he was named executive vice president of URBN in 2002, elected to the company’s board of directors in 2004, and named CEO of URBN in 2007. Senk served as CEO for America’s leading fine jewelry brand David Yurman from February 2012 to February 2014, and founded Front Row Partners in April 2014, where he currently serves as Chairman and CEO.

In 2007, Forbes named Urban Outfitters one of the best-managed companies of 2007, crediting the vision of Senk, and in that same year Institutional Magazine named him one of the best CEOs in America. In 2010, Senk was named the Chicago Booth School of Business Alumnus of the Year, the FGI International Corporate Leader of the Year and one of Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 Businesspeople of the Year.

Senk holds a BA degree, magna cum laude, in psychology, computer science and mathematics from New York University and an MBA degree in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi.

Senk currently serves on the board of directors of Aritzia (TSE: ATZ), Boden, Kendra Scott, Inday and Opening Ceremony and has previously served on the boards of directors of Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN), Bare Escentuals (NASDAQ: BARE), Melissa & Doug, Tory Burch, David Yurman, and

About Green Thumb Industries:

Green Thumb Industries (GTI), a national cannabis cultivator, processor and dispensary operator, is dedicated to providing dignified access to safe and effective cannabis nationwide while giving back to the communities in which they serve. As a vertically integrated company, GTI manufactures and sells a well-rounded suite of branded cannabis products including flower, concentrates, edibles, and topicals. The company also owns and operates a rapidly growing national chain of retail cannabis stores called RISE™ dispensaries. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, GTI has seven manufacturing facilities and licenses for 50 retail locations across seven highly regulated U.S. markets. Established in 2014, GTI employs more than 350 people and serves hundreds of thousands of patients and customers each year. GTI was named a Best Workplace 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business.  More information is available at


Linda Marsciano