Canada-based organic foods producer SunOpta yesterday (5 November) said Steve Bromley will now stay on as CEO.

Steve Bromley will remain in his roles as president and CEO and will be re-nominated to the board of directors at the next annual meeting.

The announcement follows a reversal in the board's previously-announced plan for Bromley to "transition" from his executive position by 31 December and not stand for re-election at the next annual meeting.

Bromley has been with the company since 2001 and has since served as chief financial officer, chief operating officer and most recently CEO. The company has ceased any further activities with regards to the recruitment of a new CEO.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Kendall is to remain in his role as chairman of SunOpta following a decision to reverse the board's previous announcement to require the chairman to be independent.

Kendall has served as a director of the company since 1978 and in 1983 was elected chairman of the board and CEO. He retired as CEO in February 2007.

The company said it is continuing to search for a new vice president and chief financial officer, and expects to have a new candidate in place by the end of the fiscal year.