Ex-Albertsons exec Sampson joins cannabis company

Mike Troy
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Former Albertsons executive Shane Sampson has joined Medicine Man Technologies in key leadership role.

Former Albertsons chief marketing and merchandising officer Shane Sampson has joined Medicine Man Technologies in the same role he held at the grocer. Sampson will report directly to Medicine Man Technologies CEO Justin Dye, who also spent a good portion of his career at Albertsons.

In his newly created role, Sampson will provide strategic direction and manage tactical execution of the company’s marketing, merchandising, brand management, intellectual property, licensing programs, digital strategy including e-commerce, and retail operations.

“Shane is a proven leader with virtually unmatched breadth and depth of retail and consumer goods expertise,” according to Dye. “Having worked closely with Shane at Albertsons Companies during exponential growth, I have come to appreciate and admire his keen eye and skillset in creating robust brand and product programs.”

Sampson left Albertsons last August, four months after the retailer named former PepsiCo executive Vivek Sankaran as CEO. He arrives at Medicine Man just three months after Dye was named CEO. Dye was with Albertsons from 2006 through 2017 holding roles as chief strategy officer, COO and chief administrative officer.

“We have a unique opportunity to bring knowledge from manufacturing, distribution, retail and consumer packaged goods to one of the most innovative and fastest growing spaces,” Sampson said. “Medicine Man Technologies’ strategy brings together some of the strongest Colorado cannabis operators and paves the way for us to create one of the most admired companies in cannabis.”

Prior to Albertsons, Sampson spent times with Ahold’s Giant of Landover and Walmart’s Sam’s Club division.