NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 13, 2014) - Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc. (OTCQB: PLPL), a producer of highly bioavailable plant extracts for industries including health, wellness, nutraceutical, and pharmaceutical, announced today that it has named Jamen Shively, a leading voice in the burgeoning marijuana industry and co-founder of the Diego Pellicer group of companies, to its Board of Directors. Mr. Shively will be filling the vacancy created with the resignation of David Rzepnicki, who recently resigned.
Roger Duffield, Chief Executive Officer of Plandaí, commented on the appointment of Mr. Shively to the Board, "Jamen brings a wealth of experience in both engineering and branding to Plandaí not to mention his bold leadership in the cannabis field. As a member of Plandaí's Board, Jamen will be instrumental in helping shape our corporate policy and direction as we move from being a research company into production and sales in the coming months."
Jamen Shively, age 45, has a background in engineering and marketing, with specialties in artificial intelligence, the modeling and optimization of complex networks, and the creation and positioning of new categories of products and services. Jamen co-founded Diego Pellicer Inc. in 2012, and built the brand from zero to the #1 most recognized brand of cannabis in the world in less than one year. Prior to founding Diego Pellicer, Jamen worked for Microsoft from 2003 to 2009 as Corporate Strategy Manager, where he focused on the creation and development of new categories of software products and online services. Preceding his Microsoft career he headed Shively International Inc., which built and operated both cybercafés and educational computer centers in Mexico. Just prior to founding Diego Pellicer Inc., Jamen founded and headed the online marketplace for the specialty food industry, Findood, winning first place in the Northwest Entrepreneur Network's First Look Forum Competition for the top new startup in 2010. Jamen completed his undergraduate work at U.C. Berkeley in Civil Engineering, and did graduate work at M.I.T. and U.C. Berkeley in Civil Engineering and Materials Science. He is a Fellow of the National Science Foundation.
Mr. Duffield added, "We are grateful for the years of service Mr. Rzepnicki provided to myself and to Plandaí over the past decade. He was one of the first to grasp the vision of the company and has been an unflagging ally over the years. As he focuses on his family and other business opportunities, we extend our sincerest thanks."
About Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc.
Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc. and its subsidiaries develop highly bioavailable, phytonutrient rich extracts which are being utilized to deliver a new family of drugs to safely and affordably treat a multitude of diseases and conditions. Plandaí Biotechnology controls every aspect of the process, from growing the raw materials on its farms in South Africa, to producing its patented Phytofare™ extracts in-house, allowing the Company to guarantee the continuity of supply as well as quality control throughout the entire process. Targeted industries for the Company's products include beverage, cosmeceutical, wellness, nutraceutical, anti-aging, and pharmaceutical. For more information, please visit http://www.plandaibiotech.com.