Golden Leaf Holdings Appoints Karyn O. Barsa as Chief Financial Officer

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TORONTO, Feb. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd. (“GLH” or the “Company”) (CSE:GLH) (GLDFF), a leading cannabis oil solutions company built around recognized brands, today announced the appointment of Karyn O. Barsa as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective February 4, 2019. The Company’s outgoing CFO, Craig Eastwood, is leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities. In her role as Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Barsa will lead Golden Leaf’s financial operations and be responsible for managing liquidity, balance sheet risk, and capital market transactions to ensure Golden Leaf remains well positioned to capitalize on growth opportunities. Ms. Barsa will report directly to William Kulczycki, CEO and President of Golden Leaf.

Ms. Barsa brings over 20 years of progressive financial leadership in a career marked by conquering business challenges for profitable and ethical growth. Ms. Barsa’s experience includes service as a Director, CEO, CFO and COO for multi-million and billion-dollar privately held and public companies across consumer products, financial services and other industries, including Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Performance Sports Group Ltd., Coyuchi, Inc., Investors’ Circle, Smith & Hawken, Ltd. and Patagonia Inc. Ms. Barsa focuses on strategic growth, process improvements, financial accountability, operations turnaround and developing corporate culture. She worked with Mr. Kulczycki for approximately four years at Patagonia Inc., where he served as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development, while she was CFO and COO.

Mr. Kulczycki, commented, “I am delighted to reunite with Karyn to confront the challenges and capture the opportunities presented here at Golden Leaf. I believe her business skillset and personal attributes augment Golden Leaf’s opportunity to achieve my objectives of instituting disciplined growth, balanced between assessments of risk and cash flow returns that drive shareholder value creation, with the goal of achieving profitability in the near term. I would also like to thank Craig Eastwood for his contributions to Golden Leaf and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Ms. Barsa, Golden Leaf’s incoming CFO, commented, “When Bill called me to discuss joining him at Golden Leaf to take on its challenges and prospects, I immediately knew I wanted this opportunity. I believe I have the background and experience to make a difference at Golden Leaf. Bill and I share a vision for creating a strong organizational management team, an environment of accountability and efficiency, and a robust process for evaluating opportunities, all of which are expected to lead to the creation of shareholder value.”

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About Golden Leaf Holdings
Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd. is a Canadian company with operations in multiple jurisdictions including Oregon, Nevada, and Canada, with cultivation, production and retail operations built around recognized brands. Golden Leaf distributes its products through its branded Chalice Farms retail dispensaries, as well as through third-party dispensaries. Golden Leaf’s cannabis retail operations and products are designed with the customer in mind, focused on superlative in-store experience and quality products. Visit to learn more.

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