Okanagan Specialty Fruits® Announces Executive Appointments; Don Westcott, Sarah Evanega, and Neal Carter Comment

Okanagan Specialty Fruits® Announces Executive Appointments; Don Westcott, Sarah Evanega, and Neal Carter Comment

SUMMERLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - Several executive changes are being made to the leadership structure at Okanagan Specialty Fruits® (OSF). The supplier recently named Don Westcott as the new President. He is taking over from Neal Carter, who has transitioned to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Additionally, Sarah Evanega was named as the Vice President of External Relations.

Don Westcott, President, Okanagan Specialty Fruits

"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. "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."

In addition to Wescott’s appointment, Evanega is entering a new role.

Sarah Evanega, Vice President of External Relations, Okanagan Specialty Fruits

"I'm thrilled that my new role perfectly combines my passions—plant science innovation, access to healthy eating, and my commitment to fostering impactful connections," states Evanega. "I am honored to be working for such an innovative and forward-thinking company and am eager to engage with our stakeholders in a way that I hope will be instrumental to the vision and goals of OSF."

According to a press release, Evanega brings a Doctorate in Plant Biology and extensive experience in the food and agriculture biotechnology sectors, garnered through various leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Perhaps most notably, she was the founding Director of the Alliance for Science.

Okanagan Specialty Fruit recently named Don Westcott as the new President and Sarah Evanega as Vice President of External Relations

Evanega has also been recognized for her work through various awards in science, communications, education, and leadership. At OSF, she will spearhead all corporate relationships and serve as a leading voice in propelling the company toward unprecedented growth across North America.

Carter, who co-founded OSF in 1996 alongside his wife Louisa, will also transition to his new role.

Neal Carter, Chief Executive Officer, Okanagan Specialty Fruits

"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."

As CEO, Carter will leverage his expertise and OSF's scientific capabilities to explore new avenues, including developing OSF's new cider business, Endless Orchard.

Congratulations to these executives on their new roles!

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