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 Financial Officer
Throughout his career, Fowle has overseen several divisions such as finance, business operations, business intelligence, and monetization operations. Before joining Akerna, he served as CFO for REV360, a SaaS and business services company, and as vice-president and controller for WELLTOK. While at WELLTOK, Fowle led the successful diligence and integration of six acquisitions valued at over $230 million.
Fowle is a certified public accountant. He holds an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Chief Revenue Officer
Nina Simosko is Akerna’s Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). With more than 20 years experience bringing strategic innovation to companies including Oracle, SAP, and most recently, NTT Group. As CRO of Akerna, Nina oversees all of the company’s revenue generation streams, build strategies to drive revenue growth, and play a pivotal role in aligning our revenue generation processes across the organization. Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University where she graduated cum laude.
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 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.
Ashesh (Alex) C. Shah
Chief Operating Officer
Ashesh “Alex” Shah is the founder and CEO of solo sciences, a leading anti-counterfeiting and supply chain technology company, and MJ Freeway’s Chief Technology Officer. 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.