CANADA – Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), the renowned developer and grower behind the groundbreaking Arctic apple varieties, has appointed Don Westcott as the new President of the company.

Neal Carter, the co-founder of OSF, will transition to the role of CEO, steering the company towards new opportunities and growth avenues.

Additionally, OSF welcomes Sarah Evanega as the Vice President of External Relations, reinforcing the company’s commitment to science, innovation, and impactful connections.

Don Westcott, assuming the role of President, expressed gratitude for the legacy established by Neal Carter and outlined his vision for the future.

Westcott stated, “I am honored to step into the role of President of Okanagan Specialty Fruits. I cannot overstate my admiration and gratitude for Neal, his mentorship, and the groundbreaking legacy he has established.”

He emphasized the collaborative approach with Neal and the entire team, recognizing the significant responsibilities that come with leading OSF.

Sarah Evanega, the newly appointed Vice President of External Relations, brings a wealth of experience in plant biology and agriculture biotechnology.

As the founding Director of the Alliance for Science, a global initiative promoting science literacy and science-informed policymaking, Evanega has been recognized for her outstanding contributions in science, communications, education, and leadership.

In her role at OSF, she will spearhead corporate relationships and contribute to the company’s growth strategy in North America.

Expressing enthusiasm about her new role, Evanega said, “I am honored to be working for such an innovative and forward-thinking company. I am eager to engage with our stakeholders in a way that I hope will be instrumental to the vision and goals of OSF.”

Her background in science and commitment to fostering impactful connections align seamlessly with OSF’s mission.

Neal Carter, the co-founder of OSF, will assume the role of CEO, leveraging his expertise to explore new opportunities for the company’s ongoing growth.

Carter’s strategic vision and dedication to innovation have played a pivotal role in OSF’s success. He will guide OSF into the future, ensuring the company remains at the forefront of the industry.

Carter expressed confidence in Don Westcott’s leadership, stating, “Don has been an invaluable member of the OSF leadership team since joining us in 2017.”

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.”

These strategic leadership changes position OSF for continued success, innovation, and growth, reflecting the company’s commitment to excellence in the development of unique and sustainable apple varieties.

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