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Cresco Labs Adds Amazon and Sears Technology Veteran Mo Dastagir as Chief Information Officer

July 01, 2019

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cresco Labs Inc. (“Cresco Labs” or the “Company”) (CSE: CL) (OTCQX: CRLBF), one of the largest vertically integrated multistate cannabis operators in the United States, today announced that Mo Dastagir has joined the Company as its new Chief Information Officer. Mr. Dastagir succeeds Zach Marburger, who is taking on a new role at Cresco as Entrepreneur in Residence. As CIO, Mr. Dastagir will be responsible for overseeing the technological infrastructure throughout Cresco and designing, scaling and implementing technological systems and platforms to optimize the customer experience.

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Mo Dastagir joins Cresco Labs as its new Chief Information Officer (Photo: Business Wire)

Mo Dastagir joins Cresco Labs as its new Chief Information Officer (Photo: Business Wire)

Mr. Dastagir joins Cresco from Sears Holding Corporation, where he served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer with responsibilities for managing all technology programs designed to drive growth and improve profitability in the Sears Home Services (SHS) Business. During his tenure, the highly profitable SHS business made several technology investments to intensify its focus on providing a best-in-class and differentiated experience in the Home Appliance Repair and Home Services category. Prior to Sears, Mr. Dastagir spent eight years in Switzerland working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Roche Pharmaceuticals as part of a strategic team leading technology transformations in highly regulated portfolios such as Diabetes Care and Pharma Drug Development. As part of the Diabetes Care IT leadership team, he was responsible for the digitization of the Diabetes Care portfolio into a remote care management powerhouse. Prior to Switzerland, Mo spent time in India and was one of the first five employees at Amazon Hyderabad and helped lay the foundation for what has turned into’s India operations today. He was part of the leadership team responsible for setting up a new technology operations center in India and moving functions from various locations in the United States to the new facility.

“We continue to attract top-tier talent across a variety of disciplines, and Mo Dastagir is the latest example,” said Cresco Labs CEO & Co-Founder Charlie Bachtell. “Mo has a long track record of successfully scaling and implementing a diverse array of major technology programs for Fortune 500 companies and will ensure that Cresco’s technology infrastructure and capabilities remain on the leading edge of the cannabis industry. His experience and expertise in managing the technology needs of growing companies entering and integrating new markets will be extremely valuable to Cresco as we continue to build our footprint and deepen our presence in the most attractive cannabis markets in North America.

“We are very excited about Zach’s transition to a new role at Cresco,” added Mr. Bachtell. “Zach was one of our first employees and a key member of our executive team, and his work as CIO was critical to the early stages of our development. Zach is a cannabis industry veteran with a broad skill set who will now be responsible for leading a wide array of business initiatives including working with communities and entrepreneurs to help drive employment and business ownership opportunities through our pioneering social equity and educational development (SEED) program.”

About Cresco Labs

Cresco Labs, based in Chicago, is a leading U.S. cannabis company with experienced management, access to capital and a demonstrated growth strategy. As a differentiated grower, processor and retailer of premium cannabis operating across the United States, the company focuses on entering highly regulated markets with outsized demand potential and strong regulatory structures. Its impressive speed-to-market gives Cresco a distinct competitive advantage as it replicates its model to expand its national footprint. Cresco’s proven ability to execute is complemented by a cutting-edge brand strategy spearheaded by several of the brightest minds in consumer marketing in the nation. Cresco’s products are tailored to all major consumer segments: everyday cannabis, medicinally focused, connoisseur grade, and chef inspired edibles by James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal. Learn more about Cresco Labs at

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Jason Erkes, Cresco Labs
Chief Communications Officer


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