OUR TEAM

Stuart McKenzie

Stuart McKenzie

CEO – Reakiro

It was Stuart’s vision that began Reakiro from a seed which grew into the successful international company it is today.

With nearly 30 years of experience in business across Europe and the US, in 2016 Stuart set out on the mission to bring hemp products to as many people’s lives as possible — and this is how Reakiro was born.

Stuart’s career highlights include:

  • Working with multinationals including Nestle, P&G, GSK, Volvo among many others
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Business and Charitable Excellence
  • Founder / Managing Director of Pulse — Ukraine’s leading marketing agency
Mark Wright

Mark Wright

Head of Operations and Co-Founder – Reakiro

Originally from New Zealand and with a long and impressive career history of experience across Europe and Asia, Mark brings a global perspective to Reakiro’s ever-evolving business.

Mark heads the Reakiro European business unit and oversees the running and logistics of all operations.

Mark’s career highlights include:

  • Regional Director at Coca Cola Philippines
  • Partner at Pulse, a leading outsourcing business, responsible for 1600 personnel
  • Fostering partnerships in international import and export across the globe
Axel Hluchy

Axel Hluchy

Managing Partner and Co-Founder – Reakiro

For the past two decades, Axel has been growing large and successful businesses in the retail sector around the world, from Germany to Thailand. He brings to Reakiro a broad operational experience in start-up, growth and turnaround situations in emerging and mature markets.

With a degree in Business Administration and a Diploma in European Business from Nottingham Business School Axel acts as Managing Partner of Reakiro.

Axel’s career highlights include:

  • 19 years with Metro Group of which over 14 years as CEO of Metro Cash & Carry in five countries
  • Launching 25 new Metro Cash & Carry stores in Ukraine in six years
  • Member of the Executive Board of the German Wholesale Association (BGA)
Konstantin Polozov

Konstantin Polozov

Deputy CEO – Reakiro

Konstantin’s international business experience has seen him work in some of the largest MNCs (multinational companies) in the US, he’s now back in Europe as Deputy CEO for Reakiro.

With an MBA and joint honours education in International Relations and International business, Konstantin’s knowledge, skills, and passion for business and management have helped Reakiro grow into what it is today.

Konstantin’s career highlights include:

  • Working with Schenker AG and Polaris
  • Founding his own consultancy
  • Facilitating end-to-end global business launches
Boris Rashman

Boris Rashman

CFO — Reakiro

With over 25 years of experience in financial and accounting management, Boris heads all financial decisions made across Reakiro.

Bolstering his professional experience Boris (Dr. Rashman, we should say) holds a PhD in Economics.

Boris’s career highlights include:

  • Obtained an MBA
  • Longstanding CFO at Pulse for 20 years
Sergiy Kovalenkov

Sergiy Kovalenkov

CEO – Hempire

Sergiy’s love for the environment and a passion to find sustainable solutions has driven his career. He has worked in the construction industry across three different continents, which led to his development of sustainable building materials made from hemp.

These hemp-based alternative construction materials have won numerous awards for their innovation, and now Sergiy has become a key professional speaker on hemp and sustainability.

Sergiy’s career highlights include:

  • Founder of the US Hemp Building Association
  • Head of the Ukrainian Cannabis Business Association
  • Fostering partnerships in international import and export across the globe
Sam Kearley

Sam Kearley

Sales Director – Reakiro

From the beginning, Sam has been with Reakiro leading sales and bringing the best customer experience to all clients.

With more than ten years in sales, and three years in journalism, Sam is one of the best people for building strong and lasting relationships with clients, and making sure all their needs are met.

Sam’s career highlights include:

  • Consistently increasing Reakiro’s revenue year on year
  • Launching Ukraine’s first English-language international news channel
  • Receiving multiple awards for sales performance and success
Elena McKenzie

Elena McKenzie

Managing Director – Reakiro | Hemp HQ

Elena’s expertise and enthusiasm have driven Reakiro to success. With a Masters in Luxury Goods Management and Philology, Elena is an expert in identifying market trends and understanding customer needs, both of which are integral to Reakiro’s advancements.

Elena also manages Hemp HQ, a leading packaging design and branding agency in the hemp industry.

Elena’s career highlights include:

  • Co-Founder of HempHQ
  • 15 years of experience in business management and trade marketing
  • Executive director within the art and fashion industries
Karina Gostieva

Karina Gostieva

Head of Legal — Reakiro

Karina holds a Master’s degree in Law along with 10 years of experience in corporate and commercial law. She provides expert legal advice, including copyright and GDPR, and oversees any deals made in the company.

Karina’s career highlights include:

  • Closed a $1million investment deal
  • Specialised in IT law
  • Experienced in international contracts and corporate structuring
Hilary Leam

Hilary Leam

Director Global Business Development – Reakiro

For over 25 years Hilary has developed brands across the health, wellness, and beauty sectors. Hilary has now chosen to channel her innovative direction and creation into the CBD industry, which is not only a new venture but an intersection of all her prior experiences.

Hilary’s career highlights include:

  • Global trading director for Walgreens Boots Alliance (Boots)
  • Relaunching No7 — a leading UK beauty brand
  • Group trading director for health food giant Holland & Barrett
Ruslan Hilchenko

Ruslan Hilchenko

Chief Operating Officer – Reakiro Poland

Ruslan has helped bring Reakiro from a startup to a leader in the EU hemp industry, with production facilities and branches in six countries, in just three years.

With a Masters in International Business Relations and experience across agricultural and communication industries, Ruslan has profound experience to bring hemp to people around the world.

Ruslan’s career highlights include:

  • Launching Reakiro
  • 10 years experience in international imports and exports
  • Director of ProDive
Roman Kos

Roman Kos

Chief Science Officer — Reakiro

In 2016 Roman completed his Ph.D. in Physical and Colloid Chemistry and prior to that he holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in physical chemistry. Roman joined Reakiro in 2018 as Chief Science Officer to lead the way in scientific developments and possibilities in CBD.

Roman’s career highlights include:

  • Lecturer at Lviv Medical College for 5 years
  • 7 papers published in academic journals and extensive conference contributions
  • Commercial specialist experience at Nestle
Nataliya Pyrozhenko

Nataliya Pyrozhenko

Marketing Director – Reakiro

Nataliya’s creativity, combined with 22 years of experience working with local and international companies, has made her an exceptional Marketing Director.

From strategy and implementation to branding and media expertise, Nataliya touches all bases to get Reakiro’s message out internationally.

Nataliya’s career highlights include:

  • Heading the business management team for Givenchy Ukraine
  • Marketing lead for Avon in Ukraine and Georgia
  • Working with international businesses across Europe and Asia
Irina Jahn

Irina Jahn MD

Wellness and Healthcare – Reakiro

Born in Colombia, Doctor Irina Jahn has a medical degree from the I.M Sechenov First Moscow Medical Academy, an authorisation as medical doctor in Denmark and a postgraduate degree from the LSHTM in Public Health.

With over 20 years experience in primary medical care, she worked as doctor of confidence for several diplomatic missions while living in Ukraine including the embassies of Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, The Netherlands, Canada, Argentina, The European Commission and the United Nations.

Dr. Jahn believes in practicing holistic medicine and follows with interest the research into the Endocannabinoid System and the medicinal benefits of CBD.

Randy Rubin

Randy Rubin

CEO / President – Reakiro USA

Randy started his career in research in Los Angeles 25 years ago. After serving in the laboratory setting doing research and clinical work with patients, he joined GlaxoSmithKline(GSK) in an entry level Sales role. Eventually his career spanned over 17 years in Pharmaceuticals consisting of promotions from Sales, Management, Training and Development, Marketing, and eventually at the Executive level. He nurtured his business development and strategic skills within GSK in leading business unit roles internationally and in Europe countries. As a corporate person for most of his career, Mr. Rubin prides his success with his start in research then easily into sales all the way through responsibility for managing C-level executives and managing mulit-million dollar P&L’s of several business units within GSK.

Will McCauley

Will McCauley

VP Operations, Business Development – Reakiro USA

Will has marketing background and over 15 years experience developing businesses in the US and Europe.

Born in California with many years in New York and Europe he is an ambitious entrepreneur and has been involved in start ups and driving sales in several industries including real estate, alcohol, fashion, hospitality and entertainment. Having involvement in the hemp/cannabis industry in CA since 2002, Will began working with Reakiro from its outset and now based in Los Angeles and driving sales and business development for Reakiro’s USA projects.

Thomas Mershon

Thomas Mershon

Operations Manager – Reakiro

Thomas’ innovative approach to program development and management has driven his career for over 25 years. His career spanned aviation, finance, leadership development, management consulting, and medical device production.

In 2014 he began in the Cannabis Industry in Prague, then joined the ranks of Reakiro in 2017 to develop large-scale extraction operations in California, Poland and Uruguay.

Thomas’ career highlights include:

  • Built the #1 ISO:9001 manufacturing lab for prescription lenses in Romania
  • MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and the US Business School Prague
  • Vertical cannabis industry experience from cultivation to processing to sales
Sebastian Jahn

Sebastian Jahn

Project Manager — Reakiro

Sebastian joined Reakiro when it all began in 2016 as the US operations manager. Over the past five years, Sebastian has bolstered Reakiro’s international growth with his specialised knowledge of the hemp industry.

Sebastian’s career highlights include:

  • Raising significant initial funding for Reakiro
  • Founding a company that makes sustainable clothing from hemp
  • Working with companies to meet the UN Sustainability Development Goals
Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

COO — Hempire

Chris has been leading sales teams enthusiastically and successfully across the tech and entertainment industries for the past 15 years, and in 2020 it was an incredible opportunity for Reakiro to welcome him to the team.

Chris’s career highlights include:

  • Sales Product Owner for Ciklum — an international software development company
  • Introduced new sales processes for JatApp
  • Redesigned payment systems, minimising financial loss to 1%
Jay van den Berg

Jay van den Berg

Business Development – Reakiro BeNeLux

Jay has held senior corporate management positions including Managing Director of Unilever Ukraine and VP Business Development in Swisscom AG. He has also played a key role in a number of successful start-up companies acquired by multinationals such as Swisscom AG, Worlonline/Tiscali and MTG AB. Jay brings extensive international FMCG Consumer Marketing expertise to Reakiro. MBA.

Vaskar Sidhanta

Vaskar Sidhanta

Director International Business & Strategic Partnerships
Managing Partner Reakiro India

Vaskar is responsible for International Business Development at Reakiro. He has a global business footprint with expertise in strategic and operational leadership, global strategic alliances, M&A/I and his position comes from years of multi-faceted experience working in international trade, consultancy and technology.

Vaskar holds a Masters’ degree in Industrial Engineering from Moscow State University as well as an MBA from the University of Vienna.

Vaskar’s career highlights include:

  • Senior leadership & board member positions in corporates such as TATA Global, Elcafé CA, MTS, Vizion Group Inc, and Food Empire Singapore
  • Global work in the sectors of FMCG — Coffee, Alcohol & Beverages, Commodities — Agri & Coffee, Telecom & Technology
  • Developing solid business relationships with governments and Chambers of Commerce across countries in Europe, Asia, S. America & Africa
Dr. Sunil B. Roy

Dr. Sunil B. Roy

Managing Director – Reakiro India

With a Ph.D. in Pharmaceuticals, Masters’ in Pharmacy and MBA in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. S B Roy has an experience of 40 years in India and the global Pharma industry with over 50+ patents in his name. He has served and held top leadership positions at major Pharma companies in India such as AstraZeneca, Warner, Ranbaxy, Sandoz, Zydus Cadila and Alkem. He has spearheaded development of several dosage forms for regulatory submission in various countries across the globe. Presently he owns and operates Intelliscend Research Centre in India with 30 specialised scientists in the pharma sphere. He now joins Reakiro India as the Managing Director & Partner.

Dr. Roy’s career highlight:

  • Headed the R&D at Ranbaxy (India’s biggest Pharmaceutical company now known as Sun Pharma) as Director of Formulation Development for 16 years
  • Headed Zydus Cadila as President
  • Headed Alkem Laboratories as President R&D
  • Headed R&D at Sandoz
  • Holds more than 50 national and international patents. Has launched more than 600 products and novel dosage forms like transdermal patches, suppository, parenterals, ointments, pulmonary and first to file products
Shashank Roy

Shashank Roy

Chief Operating Officer – Reakiro India

With a Masters’ in Aerospace Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, USA, Shashank decided to go back to India and since then has successfully set up a Research & Consultancy firm and a CRO, which now caters to international clients. He is consistently invested in Business Development in the pharmaceutical industry and brings in his expertise of operational set-up, regulatory management in the ever-changing and growing market. He now joins Reakiro India as the COO & Partner.

Shashank’s career highlights:

  • Set-up of a Research & Development firm with 30 scientists in payroll
  • Working with international businesses across Asia, Europe and the US and business growth of > 40% Y-o-Y
Tony Lloyd

Tony Lloyd

Sales – Reakiro Full Swing

Having been in the golfing business for four decades, Tony is a fantastic addition to Reakiro’s Full Swing Team bringing together the worlds of CBD and golf.

Tony has taught golfers of all standards from beginner to European Professional, he has shops in Europe which specialise in golf clothing and equipment.

Tony’s career highlights include:

  • PGA Golf Professional
  • Voted onto the German PGA committee in 2018
  • Working as a longstanding consultant to Golfstore (Europe’slargest golf buying group)