He joins SunOpta from Diamond Foods, Inc. where he served as executive vice-president and COO. Mr. Colo has 30 years of leadership experience in general management, operations and supply chain management. At Diamond Foods, Mr. Colo had direct responsibility for marketing, innovation, R&D, operations, supply chain, procurement, quality, food safety, grower services and contract manufacturing.
Dean Hollis, chairman of SunOpta, said, “After a thorough search, we are pleased to announce the hiring of an exceptional leader and operator, with a proven track record in the food industry. 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.”
Mr. Hollis continued, “On behalf of the Board, I would also like to thank Kathy Houde for her role as interim CEO. Under Kathy’s leadership, SunOpta has made significant progress and we look forward to continuing to benefit from Kathy’s experience as an ongoing member of the Board of Directors.”
“I'm honored and grateful to the Board for the opportunity to lead SunOpta,” said Mr. Colo. “Having worked in the industry for many years, I have long respected SunOpta’s business and talented employees. The company has tremendous potential and I look forward to continuing the value creation plan set forth by the Board.”