Former Diamond Foods Executive to Lead SunOpta
David J. Colo has been named president and chief executive officer of SunOpta, Inc., a supplier of organic and non-GMO specialty products. He comes to the company from Diamond Foods, where he has been executive president and chief operating officer since 2013. In his role with Diamond Foods, Mr. Colo was responsible for marketing, innovation, R&D, operations, supply chain, procurement, quality, food safety, grower services and contract manufacturing. Together with the Diamond Foods executive team, he was responsible for leading the turnaround of the company and its eventual sale for approximately $1.9 billion to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. in March 2016. Colo replaces Rik Jacobs, the former president and CEO, who stepped down from the position this past November. Katrina L. Houde was interim president and CEO as the company searched for a replacement. Houde will return to the company’s board of directors, where she has served since 2000.