Hexo Corp. /zigman2/quotes/200008967/delayed CA:HEXO -4.55% /zigman2/quotes/206508254/composite HEXO -0.83% said Monday it's in advanced talks with "a preferred CEO candidate" and it expects to make an announcement in coming days. The company said founder and CEO Sebastien St-Louis has left the cannabis beverage company as part of a strategic reorganization. Hexo chairman Michael Munzar thanked St-Louis and said the board has set up a special committee for succession to find a new CEO to help the company defend its "position as a market leader in Canada and secure our place as a top-three global cannabis company." In a statement, St-Louis said the Hexo"future is bright" and that he looks forward to the company's next stage of growth as a significant shareholder. Hexo COO Donald Courtney has also resigned but will remain in the position until a replacement is identified. St-Louis had been with Hexo since he founded the company in 2013. HEXO shares are down 53% this year, negatively outpacing the Cannabis ETF's /zigman2/quotes/213173823/composite THCX -2.12% 3% dip YTD.