Brendan Kennedy is Chief Executive Officer of Tilray, a global leader in medical cannabis industry. Tilray was the first GMP-certified medical cannabis producer to supply products to patients, researchers, and the medical community, earning itself the recognition of being a pioneer in cannabis research, cultivation, processing, and distribution
In 2011, along with Michael Blue and Christian Groh, Brendan Co-founded Privateer Holdings, the world’s first private equity firm to invest exclusively in legal cannabis. At Privateer, Brendan used his background of entrepreneurship and hands-on business experience to successfully lead the development of new and existing companies, origination and distribution of products, and management of operations. While he was at the helm of Privateer, the firm raised over $200 million to build a global portfolio of leading cannabis businesses.
Brendan has always had a voracious appetite for information and keen insight into technology and growth industries, both of which led him to the forefront of consultation and solutions for the venture-backed business community. Prior to co-founding Privateer, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Silicon Valley Bank Analytics from 2010 to 2011 and Managing Director from 2006 to 2010. In these roles, he managed an international team that rendered valuation opinions for emerging growth technology, life science and venture capital companies.
Brendan earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, an MS in Engineering from the University of Washington, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.