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SunOpta CEO and chairman stepping down

SunOptaSunOpta, a food company, announced that president and chief executive officer Rik Jacobs and chair of the board Alan Murray will be stepping down.
Mr. Jacobs was appointed President and CEO of SunOpta Inc., effective October 1, 2015, and joined the organization in August 2012 as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Jacobs has over 20 years of international sales, marketing, innovation, strategic development and general management experience to this role. He held a number of progressively responsible positions with Tetra Pak.

Mr. Jacobs served as Cluster Vice President for North Europe with responsibility for the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Baltic States.

Prior to this role, Mr. Jacobs served as Managing Director Benelux with responsibility for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg, as Vice President of Strategy and Planning with responsibility for setting long term technology and product development strategies, and as Vice President of Sales for TetraPak USA.

Prior to joining Tetra Pak Mr. Jacobs held a number of international sales, marketing and general management positions with PepsiCo, Royal Dutch Ahold and the Coca-Cola Company.

Mr. Jacobs holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the American Graduate School of International Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Oregon State University.

Mr. Murray was elected a Director of the Company in July 2010, appointed Vice Chair in March 2011, and appointed Chairman of the Board of the Company in July 2014.

Mr. Murray has over 30 years of experience as a supplier to the food industry in three continents. He spent 10 years with Unilever, primarily in marketing roles both in the Netherlands and South Africa.

From 1990 to 2010 Mr. Murray worked for Tetra Pak, the world leader in processing and packaging systems serving the food industry. During this period he led their operations in Southern Africa, Central Europe (Czech Republic and Slovakia) and North America.

Mr. Murray has been a Board member of the National Food Processors Association, now merged with Grocery Manufacturers Association, and the International Dairy Foods Association.

He was also Co-founder and Chairman of the industry group Carton Council, a body founded to stimulate the recycling of beverage cartons.

Mr. Murray has not served on any other reporting issuers Board of Directors. He is currently the CEO of NextFoods, creators of GoodBelly probiotic fruit drink, based in Boulder Co.




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