Marijuana review and discovery platform Leafly has a new CEO in Tim Leslie, who was previously VP of Amazon Prime Video International. Leslie’s appointment follows the departure of former Leafly CEO Chris Jeffery last September, who was removed by the board of directors.
Leslie spent 20 years with Amazon, joining as an associate general counsel in 1999. In recent years, Leslie oversaw the launch of Amazon Prime Video in 200 countries.
Leslie thinks Leafly can help end laws that limit marijuana use through education: “Ending cannabis prohibition is the right thing,” he told GeekWire. “The better-informed people are, the better decisions they will make.”
Like Prime Video, which started in English before rapidly expanding to other countries and languages, Leslie said Leafly had big plans to grow its readership internationally. Leafly is currently available in French, Spanish, German and English. Only two countries, Canada and Uruguay, have fully legalized pot for recreational use, although dozens more allow marijuana for medical use as well as CBD, which is derived from cannabis.
Will “the everything store” ever sell pot? Leslie wouldn’t speculate on what his former employer might do but said that the early days of the industry had seen plenty of Amazon-style disruption.
—Former F5 Networks CEO John McAdam joined hybrid cloud security startup ExtraHop‘s board of directors. McAdam also serves on the board of F5, Tableau Software and Nutanix. In 2017, he retired as CEO of F5 for the second time after leading the company for 17 years.
“Seattle is home to some of the world’s most pioneering technology companies, and I’ve had the privilege of working or partnering with many of them,” McAdam said in a statement. “ExtraHop has proven itself a category creator with a commitment to innovation that has catapulted it to a position of leadership in both security and IT operations. I look forward to being a part of the next phase of ExtraHop’s growth.”
Just last week, ExtraHop added former Secureworks CEO Michael Cote to its board of directors. The company surpassed $100 million dollars in customer contracts last year and said it could go public in 2020.