President and CEO
Mr. Colo joined MGP as president and chief operating officer in late March 2020 as part of the succession plan for former Chief Executive Officer Gus Griffin’s retirement. Mr. Colo, a member of the MGP board of directors since 2015, assumed the role of president and chief executive officer on June 1, 2020.
He has more than 30 years of leadership experience in general management, operations and supply chain management within the food industry.
Mr. Colo has been a director since August 2015. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SunOpta, Inc., Toronto, from February 2017 to February 2019. He had been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Diamond Foods, Inc., San Francisco, since June 2013 and was Executive Vice President of Global Operations and Supply Chain at Diamond Foods for a year prior to that.
Before joining Diamond Foods, Mr. Colo spent approximately three years as an independent industry consultant, focusing on organizational optimization and planning. From 2005 to 2009, he held leadership positions in the consumer products division of ConAgra Foods, Inc., including roles as Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations Planning, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Manufacturing and Senior Vice President of Operations. From 2003 to 2005, he served as President of ConAgra Food Ingredients.
Mr. Colo had previously served for several years with Nestle-Purina Pet Care Company in roles of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Supply for the company’s Golden Products Division, and Vice President of Store Brands and Venture Development. He also served for two years as President of the American Dehydrated Onion and Garlic Association.