Okanagan Specialty Fruits co-founder Neal Carter moves to CEO role

Don Westcott named president of the B.C.-based company
Jillian Morgan, female, digital editor for Canadian Grocer

Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) co-founder Neal Carter is set to helm the company as CEO.

Don Westcott, previously SVP, has been tapped to take over Carter’s former post as president. 

The developer and grower of Arctic apple varieties has also appointed Sarah Evanega as vice president of external relations. 

"I am honored to step into the role of president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits. I recognize the magnitude of the responsibilities that come with this position. I cannot overstate my admiration and gratitude for Neal, his mentorship, and the groundbreaking legacy he has established," said Westcott in a press release. "I look forward to continuing collaboration with Neal and our entire team as we build upon the company's remarkable accomplishments and drive further expansion."

Carter, who co-founded the company in 1996 with his wife Louisa, will focus on exploring “new avenues” for OSF, including developing its new cider business, Endless Orchard.

"Don has been an invaluable member of the OSF leadership team since joining us in 2017," Carter explained. "With his extensive industry experience, proven track record of success, and deep alignment with OSF's mission and values, there is no one better suited to lead OSF into the future."

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