As the Company carries out the launch of TAAT™ in the United States, it has hired Laura McCormally to lead its finance initiatives as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development. Ms. McCormally has more than a decade of experience at RBC Capital Markets, a Top 10 U.S. investment bank, in both Toronto and New York City. At RBC Capital Markets in New York, as a Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, Ms. McCormally helped execute approximately USD $4 billion in M&A deals working for both the buy and sell sides. The Company anticipates that Ms. McCormally’s leadership could facilitate profitable growth for the Company as it commercializes TAAT™ in the USD $814 billion global tobacco industry.
LAS VEGAS and VANCOUVER, DECEMBER 8, 2020 – TAAT™ LIFESTYLE & WELLNESS LTD. (CSE: TAAT) (OTCQB: TOBAF) (FRANKFURT: 2TP2) (the “Company” or “TAAT™”) is pleased to announce that Laura McCormally, a seasoned cross-border senior investment banker with more than a decade of experience at RBC Capital Markets (currently a Top 10 investment bank in the U.S.1), has been named Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development for the Company as it takes on a greater magnitude of organizational responsibilities associated with the current launch of TAAT™ in the United States. In her new role at the Company, Ms. McCormally will work alongside Chief Executive Officer Setti Coscarella and Chief Revenue Officer Tim Corkum, both formerly of Philip Morris International, to create financial strategies for the Company as it begins to realize revenue and contemplate potential expansions of commercialization activities for TAAT™ to be introduced to new markets.
Ms. McCormally’s tenure at RBC Capital Markets spanned a variety of roles including M&A, equity research, fixed income, and currencies. As a Director of Mergers and Acquisitions in New York, she advised C-suite clients on key strategic initiatives and led the design of both buy-side and sell-side processes. Holding a Masters of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School of Western University, Ms. McCormally has held numerous positions with direct responsibility for multi-million dollar P&Ls, including as Vice President of Fixed Income and Currencies at RBC Capital Markets and as Chief Financial Officer at Homestead Modern. In addition, Ms. McCormally has extensive experience with helping small entrepreneurial and family businesses grow and scale with a “hands-on” approach to optimizing financial models for sustainable growth, which will be leveraged in her new position as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development for TAAT™ to propel early-stage performance and position the Company to be scalable and profitable in the long term.
Laura McCormally, pictured above, has been named Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development for TAAT™ Lifestyle & Wellness Ltd.
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Regarding her appointment as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development for the Company, Laura McCormally commented, “I am thrilled to be joining TAAT™ during its early stages of launching in the United States. With the tobacco industry being somewhat of an oligopoly, there have been very few new companies that have managed to gain market share on account of how difficult it is to secure distribution to tobacco points of sale. Being led by veterans of the tobacco industry, TAAT™ has managed to overcome many of the hurdles that ordinarily prevent competitors from getting off the ground in this space. Much of the groundwork has been laid between R&D, manufacturing, distribution deals, and pricing matrix development. As a result, I have been able to focus on working with the Company’s executive team to create financial models that can drive long-term growth and profitability. I look forward to exciting developments as TAAT™ hits store shelves this month in Ohio.”
“Hiring Ms. McCormally to lead our finance and corporate development initiatives is a big step for us as we begin to do business”, said TAAT™ Chief Executive Officer Setti Coscarella. “While our current focus is on building market share in Ohio, we need to be paying attention to how we can create best practices for expanding into new markets while managing our revenue and expenses in order to be profitable. Tremendous value has been generated by Ms. McCormally’s capabilities as a finance leader in both investment banking and startups, and we are honoured to have her expertise on our side as we build out our playbook to capture market share in the USD $814 billion global tobacco industry.”
The Company has developed Beyond Tobacco™, the nicotine-free and tobacco-free base material of TAAT™, an alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes offered in “Original”, “Smooth”, and “Menthol” varieties. TAAT™ is meticulously engineered to closely replicate the experience of smoking a tobacco cigarette, but without tobacco or nicotine. The tobacco-like taste and smell of Beyond Tobacco™ is achieved by a patent-pending refinement technique developed by the Company as part of the 14-step process for manufacturing Beyond Tobacco™. TAAT™ is being commercialized under executive leadership from the world’s largest tobacco company, leveraging their industry expertise to competitively position TAAT™ as an attractive choice for legal-aged smokers in place of incumbent brands of tobacco cigarettes. TAAT™ is currently launching in the United States starting in Ohio.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company,
TAAT™ LIFESTYLE & WELLNESS LTD.
Setti Coscarella, CEO and Director
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About TAAT™ Lifestyle & Wellness Ltd.
The Company has developed TAAT™, which is a tobacco-free and nicotine-free alternative to traditional cigarettes offered in “Original”, “Smooth”, and “Menthol” varieties. TAAT™’s base material is Beyond Tobacco™, a proprietary blend which undergoes a patent-pending refinement technique causing its scent and taste to resemble tobacco. Under executive leadership with “Big Tobacco” pedigree, TAAT™ is launching in the United States in Q4 2020 as the Company seeks to position itself in the $814 billion1 global tobacco industry.
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