Leadership Team

Rodrigo Lopez

Category Director, Citrus and Avocados

Responsible for providing strategic direction, Rodrigo puts an emphasis on cross-departmental cooperation to support his teams in the growing categories of citrus and avocados.

Joining Oppy in 2011 as a category analyst, Rodrigo also worked as a grower relations specialist, category coordinator and later manager, before taking on his current role in 2020. Prior to that, he worked with a variety of multinational companies including Colgate-Palmolive, The Coca-Cola Company and Mattel, Inc., and also started his own consultancy business.

Stewart Lapage

Director of Transport

Stewart oversees all surface transportation across North America. He was promoted to this role in 2015, following one year as transportation and supply chain manager where he supervised transportation, warehouse, QC and manufacturing in our Calgary, Alberta facility. Prior to joining Oppy, Stewart led a team focused on temperature-controlled transportation of perishables at C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., Calgary.

Cathie MacDonald

Director, Marketing Services

Cathie builds and executes strategy for brand development, packaging and design and manages the creative services team. As the point person when Oppy branches into new marketing disciplines, her career with us spans close to three decades.

Cathie has an immense knowledge of our grower family, retail and wholesale trade and an understanding of the in-market needs of our sales and business development team as she drives our strategic focus on innovation and product diversity.

Karin Gardner

Executive Director, Marketing

Shaping the narrative at Oppy for more than two decades, Karin leads the overall marketing strategy and the team responsible for brand and product development initiatives, marketing communications strategies, and the translation of category analysis insights into effective sales tools―among other enterprises.

Promoted to her current role in 2019, Karin joined Oppy’s Seattle office in 1992 as public relations assistant and was appointed communications manager in 1998. She has since held roles such as marketing communications manager and director, corporate communications.

Agatha Tymke

Director of Treasury and Reporting

Agatha leads Oppy’s external and internal financial reporting processes and manages all treasury functions and insurance strategies. She also supervises the preparation of ASPE and IFRS compliant consolidated financial statements and oversees all financial and accounting research. Agatha provides support to the executive leadership team and works closely with key members of the accounting and finance team in various areas such as budgeting, forecasting and risk management.

Fernando Caudillo

Category Director, Tropicals

Fernando oversees procurement and marketing strategies for Oppy’s tropicals category, which includes kiwifruit and mangoes. He was promoted to this role in 2016, following two years as West Coast tropicals category manager.

Mirza Dedic

Director, IT Security & Infrastructure

As a leader on Oppy’s information technology team for over a decade, Mirza now directs infrastructure projects that keep us on the leading edge of technology while safeguarding the security of our information and data assets. Promoted to director, IT security & infrastructure in 2019, Mirza served as a senior technical analyst and database administrator in previous years.

Mirza joined Oppy in 2007 with a diploma in information technology, quickly becoming known for his solutions-focused approach, willingness to learn new systems and share his knowledge with others.

Jason Fung

VP of Categories, Berries & Greenhouse

Jason Fung was elevated to lead these two complex and expanding categories in early 2019. Having strategized and executed Oppy’s full-fledged entry to the berry category over the last half decade in his capacity as category development director, Jason also applies similar disciplines toward the growth of our vibrant greenhouse business.

Eric Coty

VP, South American Operations

Eric became Oppy's executive director, South American Imports, in July 2016. He works closely with our executive category directors responsible for berries, grapes, stone fruit, apples, pears, kiwifruit, mangoes and citrus, as well as the sales team, grower relations staff and grower partners to ensure Oppy secures a comprehensive and continuous supply of fresh produce for customers across North America. Eric served as West Coast director of sales from April 2012 to July 2016. In this role, he guided Western U.S. sales initiatives, overseeing our Houston, Texas, Chino Hills and Visalia, California and Nogales, Arizona offices. Between 2004 and 2012, Eric was the sales manager for Oppy's Chino Hills office, following seven years as a sales representative. In that time, Eric also provided strategic leadership to our greenhouse, stone fruit and apple and pear categories in the Western U.S., while also building partnerships with key retail accounts.

Bill Poulos

Director of Import Grapes & Stonefruit

Bill’s experience spans more than three decades at Oppy. After many years as a salesperson and key account manager, he was appointed to the role of director of import grapes and stone fruit in 2012, overseeing our procurement and marketing of fruit from Chile, Brazil and Peru. He also leads the sales efforts of our Newark, Delaware team, a position he was promoted to in 2005. Over the years, Bill has played a pivotal role in building our apple, pear, grape and stone fruit business in the Eastern U.S.