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The Star Group CEO-founder retires

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February 29th, 2024: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — David Karwacki, The Star Group’s BB #:134817 co-founder and long-time chief executive has retired and will act as special advisor to the CEO until May 30th, 2024.

Karwacki will remain active in the long-term leadership of the organization as a shareholder and member of the

“I am proud of what we have accomplished at Star and above all else I am proud of the team,” said Karwacki. “Star has been relentless in its pursuit of innovation and growth and I know that will continue with the exceptional leadership team we have in place.”

The Star Group Board of Directors has named Deric Karolat Interim CEO. Karolat has been with The Star Group for nearly 30 years and has held various leadership roles, most recently Chief Operating Officer.

“David Karwacki is a visionary, an inspiring leader and a friend, and we will miss him as CEO,” said Karolat. “That said, the company is in a great spot with a lot of bench strength, and I am honoured to lead this remarkable organization.”

The Star Group, founded by Gary Budd and Karwacki in 1989, has grown from a small regional tomato co-packer to a formidable presence in the fresh produce industry. Star has become a grower, importer, marketer, packer, distributor and processor across every major category in produce.

With leaders already in place for each of The Star Group’s major divisions, the company’s leadership anticipates a smooth transition.

“Two decades is a long time to be CEO,” added Karwacki. “My wife Laurie and I have four kids and they keep giving us more grandkids, so it is time to reduce my duties as Chief Executive and prioritize my role as Chief Grandpa.”

About The Star Group
The Star Group strives to be the most innovative team in produce with an unwavering commitment to value and taste. Starting as a tomato re-packer in 1989 and growing consistently since then, today The Star Group is involved in every part of the fresh produce supply chain from seed selection to smart growing, creating smart products, all the way through to delighting consumers. The Star Group is comprised of six boutique divisions that each specialize in the dynamic fresh produce industry: Star Produce, Consolidated Fruit Packers (CFP), BC Hot House, Sliced FC, Whole Leaf, and Inspired.

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