AMERI Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRH) (“Ameri” or the “Company”), announced today that former CIA Director, the Honorable R. James (Jim) Woolsey, has joined the Company as a strategy consultant. Woolsey will provide Ameri leadership with counsel in the areas of business development and government affairs in the cannabis industry ahead of the closing of its merger with Jay Pharma, a Canadian company dedicated to developing innovative, evidence-based cannabinoid products and combination therapies to address unmet needs in cancer care. Woolsey is a longtime advocate for the commercialization of hemp for industrial use. The Company expects Woolsey to join the board of directors of Jay Pharma upon the close of the merger.
Jim Woolsey stated, “The potential utility of cannabinoids in cancer care has only just begun to be tapped, and I am delighted to be aligned with a leader in cannabinoid research and development that is working to develop safe, clinically-validated cannabinoid products for the benefit of cancer patients.”
R. James Woolsey
Dev Nidhi, Executive Chairman of Ameri, stated, “We are excited to have Ambassador Woolsey join our team. He has been a strong advocate for the commercial use of hemp and is well known for his contributions in several different government and industry roles.”
About R. James Woolsey
Ambassador Woolsey previously served in the U.S. government on five different occasions, where he held presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently (1993 – 1995) as Director of Central Intelligence. From July 2002 to March 2008 Amb. Woolsey was vice president and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and then a venture partner with Vantage Point Venture Partners of San Bruno, California until January 2011. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C., now Goodwin Procter, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Amb. Woolsey is a venture partner with Lux Capital Management.
During his 12 years of government service, in addition to leading the CIA and the intelligence community, Amb. Woolsey was: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989 – 1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977 – 1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970 – 1973. He was also appointed by the President Ronald Reagan to serve on a part-time basis in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983 – 1986, as Delegate at Large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST). As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the US Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), Helsinki and Vienna, 1969 – 1970.
Amb. Woolsey serves on a range of government, corporate, and non-profit advisory boards and chairs several. Previously, he was chairman of the executive committee of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee of Stanford University. In 2009, he was the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and in 2010 – 2011 he was a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Amb. Woolsey has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security, including Martin Marietta; British Aerospace, Inc; Fairchild Industries; and Yurie Systems, Inc.
Amb. Woolsey is a frequent contributor of articles to major publications, and from time to time gives public speeches and media interviews on the subjects of energy, foreign affairs, defense, and intelligence. He also testifies to Congressional committees on similar issues.
Important Additional Information Will be Filed with the SEC
In connection with the proposed transactions, Ameri to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a registration statement that will contain a proxy statement and prospectus. AMERI URGES INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS TO READ THESE MATERIALS CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AMERI, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement, prospectus and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC (when they become available) through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement, prospectus and other documents filed by Ameri with the SEC by contacting Investor Relations by mail at 5000 Research Court, Suite 750, Suwanee, Georgia. Stockholders are urged to read the proxy statement, prospectus and the other relevant materials when they become available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed transactions.
Participants in the Solicitation
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