Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Jessica Billingsley serves as Akerna’s Chief Executive Officer. In June 2019, she became the first CEO of a cannabis ancillary company to be listed on Nasdaq. She co-founded MJ Freeway in 2010, where she served as President until April 2018, and later as the CEO until MJ Freeway was acquired by MTech to form Akerna. In 2015, she was named as one of Fortune’s Most Promising Female Entrepreneurs, in 2018, she was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 100 Female Founders, and in 2019, she was named to Entrepreneur’s inaugural list of 100 Powerful Women. Prior to MJ Freeway, Jessica earned her degree in Communications and Computer Science from the University of Georgia and later became CEO and founder of Zoco, a technology services firm with clients across the United States. With 20 years of technology and systems experience in rapidly scaling businesses, Jessica is a highly regarded executive in both the tech and cannabis space.
Chief Revenue Officer
With more than 20 years of experience bringing strategic innovation to companies including Oracle, SAP, and most recently, NTT Group, Nina Simosko is Akerna’s Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). As CRO of Akerna, Nina oversees the company’s revenue generation streams, builds strategies to drive revenue growth, and plays a pivotal role in aligning revenue generation processes across the Akerna organization
Chief Operating Officer
Ray Thompson is the Chief Operations Officer at Akerna. He has 15+ years of corporate management experience including operations, sales, and talent management. From 2008 to 2016, Ray served as the Senior Vice President of VisionLink, a multiagency humanitarian software platform. From 2016-2018, Ray was Head of Customer and Sales Operations at Gloo, a people development platform. With 20+ years of experience in software systems, Ray specializes in meeting the unique needs of high growth technology companies and helping them scale. Ray has an MBA from University of Denver.
Chief Financial Officer
Ruth Ann leads Akerna’s financial operations. From 2012 to 2018, she served as CFO of Tempo Financial Holdings, Tempo Financial US Corp, and Unidos Financial Services, subsidiaries of Catalina Acquisitions involved in MSB banking services. From 2010 to 2012, she worked for Linc Energy Operations as Divisional CFO. Prior to that, Ruth Ann was CFO for Allegro Multimedia, and has held various financial roles in regulated industries throughout her career. She was certified as a CPA in 1985, and as a CAMS (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist) in 2016.
solo sciences Founder & CEO
Ashesh “Alex” Shah is the founder and CEO of solo sciences, a leading anti-counterfeiting and supply chain technology company. Mr. Shah founded The London Fund in 2002 and continues to serve on its investment committee. Mr. Shah is also currently on the board of directors of RevolutionWear, and EdCast. Mr. Shah’s has 28 years of experience building, integrating, and leading technology-focused companies from concept to an initial public offering, and has led successful exits across a range of sectors including loyalty, category management, data analytics, high-performance computing, payment processing, human resources technology, consumer packaged goods, and artificial intelligence. Mr. Shah holds a bachelor’s degree in political economy from Williams College.
Head of Corporate Development
Scott Sozio serves as Head of Corporate Development for Akerna. He was the CEO of MTech Acquisition Corp., a Nasdaq-listed special purpose acquisition company that merged with MJ Freeway to create Akerna. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hypur Ventures, a cannabis-focused venture fund and a Partner at Van Dyke Holdings, a family office investment firm. Scott is Director of Hypur Inc., a banking compliance technology business, and Director of Simplifya Holdings, LLC, a cannabis compliance technology business. He received his B.A. in Architecture from Columbia University.
VP of Sales
VP, Global Marketing & Communications
Jeannette Ward Horton is a strategic marketing and communications leader with 15 years of experience leading communications, marketing, and change management for large and small companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, UPS, and now MJ Freeway, a software and data company serving the cannabis industry, the fastest growing industry in the U.S.
VP of Engineering
As the VP of Engineering at MJ Freeway, David architects and develops ERP and compliance software specifically for cannabis industry businesses using state of the art design patterns and techologies.