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Sunopta appoints David Colo as CEO

SunoptaSunOpta Inc., a company focused on organic, non-genetically modified and specialty foods, appoints David J. Colo as president and chief executive officer.

In conjunction with this appointment, Mr. Colo will also become a member of the SunOpta Board of Directors.

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Mr. Colo served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Diamond Foods, Inc. from June 2013 until March 2016.

Prior to that, Mr. Colo held the position of Executive Vice President of Global Operations and Supply Chain.

Before joining Diamond Foods, Mr. Colo spent approximately three years as an independent industry consultant, focusing on organizational optimization and planning.

From 2005 to 2009, he held leadership positions in the consumer products division of ConAgra Foods, Inc., including roles as Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations Planning, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Manufacturing and Senior Vice President of Operations.

From 2003 to 2005, he served as President of ConAgra Food Ingredients.

Mr. Colo previously served with Nestle-Purina Pet Care Company in roles of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Supply for the company's Golden Products Division, and Vice President of Store Brands and Venture Development.

He also served for two years as President of the American Dehydrated Onion and Garlic Association. Mr. Colo is a member of the Board of Directors of MGP Ingredients, Inc.

Mr. Colo holds a Bachelor of Science, Agribusiness Economics, from Southern Illinois University.

Interim CEO Katrina L. Houde will continue her position on SunOpta's Board of Directors, a position she has held since 2000.


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