SunOpta Names Colo President, CEO and Board Member

SunOpta Inc., a supplier of IQF fruits, vegetables and numerous other organic, non-genetically modified and specialty foods, on February 6 announced the appointment of David J. Colo as its president and chief executive officer. He will also serve on the board of directors.

Meanwhile, Interim CEO Katrina L. Houde will continue her position on the Mississauga, Ontario, Canada-headquartered company’s board of directors, a position she has held since 2000.

Colo joins SunOpta from Diamond Foods, Inc., where he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He has three decades of leadership experience in general management, operations and supply chain management, including four years at ConAgra Foods in sales, operations and manufacturing posts.

Dean Hollis, chairman of SunOpta, said, "David is a very talented executive and I have seen first hand, on several occasions, his leadership, business intensity and operational skills. During his time at Diamond Foods, David was also intimately involved with our partner, Oaktree Capital Management, so we expect an extremely efficient integration into his role of leading the company and its value creation plan."