Executive Team

RISHI GAUTAM, CPA - CHAIRMAN & CEO

  • Founding investor and initial outside director of MJardin since 2014
  • Previously ran a private investment firm and held positions at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers/Barclays
  • BBA (Accounting) from the University of Miami, Masters in Accounting from Florida International University, and actively licensed CPA

CHRIS SETO – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

  • 20+ years of capital markets and financial management experience, including investment banking with Paradigm Capital, UBS Securities and CIBC World Market, as well as financial management experience in the telecom and healthcare industries
  • B Com from McMaster University, MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business, and Certified Management Accountant designation (C.M.A. 1999)

JORGE BOONE – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

  • Held numerous senior executive leadership roles at future 500 hundred companies, large scale enterprises and technology start-ups
  • Depth of experience includes officer level roles at Wyndham Worldwide, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and several privately held companies
  • Graduated from the Hotel School at Cornell University, MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University

FRANK KNUETTEL – CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER

  • CFO of numerous public and private companies across diverse industries with considerable capital market and merger and acquisition experience
  • BA in Economics from Tufts University and MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

MAX NARDULLI - PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS

  • 20+ years experience in the global financial markets and original investor for MJardin
  • Several years at Goldman Sachs in different management and client-facing roles both in Europe and the Americas, including head of the alternative capital markets team
  • Graduated summa cum laude from LUISS University Rome with a degree in Economics and Finance

JEANNETTE HARKIN – SVP, CHIEF OF STAFF

  • 15+ years of experience leading strategic initiatives including process optimization, PM office start-up and execution, IT strategy and organizational design
  • As a Director at Bridgewater Associates, the world largest hedge fund, she led the formation of the Dalio Family Office and Foundation
  • Graduated from Emory University with a degree in Economics

JOHN F KENNEDY - SVP MARKETING & INNOVATION

  • 20+ years of marketing & sales experience in the beverage alcohol industry, where he leveraged consumer & market insights to build world-class consumer brands in regulated markets around the world
  • 10+ years with Heineken International in Amsterdam launching the Heineken Brand in global markets of Russia, Romania, Poland, South Africa and Nigeria

CHRISTINE HALEF - SVP MEDICAL STRATEGY & ATLANTIC CANADA OPERATIONS

  • Founder of AtlantiCann Medical Inc., a late stage applicant under the Cannabis Act located in Atlantic Canada
  • Experience includes owning and managing residential and commercial properties in Nova Scotia
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University and practicing pharmacist since 2007