Canada-based organic foods producer SunOpta has appointed Jay Amato to its board of directors and to chair of the corporate governance committee.

Amato was previously president and CEO of Nasdaq-traded ViewPoint Corporation, a premier interactive media company. He was also president and COO of Vanstar Corporation, a company that provided global computer outsourcing services.

SunOpta chairman Jeremy Kendall said: "We are delighted to have Mr Amato join our board. This appointment is consistent with the company's initiatives to enhance the board of directors with qualified, independent candidates, that bring a wealth of different experience to the company and the board of directors."

The appointment is effective immediately.