TORONTO — Scott E. Huckins has joined SunOpta, Inc. as chief financial officer. He succeeds Robert McKeracher, who will work with Mr. Huckins through the end of 2019 to ensure a seamless transition.

Mr. Huckins most recently was executive vice-president and c.f.o. of Claire’s Stores, Inc. Prior to Claire’s, he was vice-president and treasurer of Sears Holdings and president of Sears Re. Earlier, he was vice-president of treasury, tax and investor relations at RSC Holdings, Inc.

He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in finance and management strategy from Northwestern University.

“I could not be more thrilled to welcome Scott to SunOpta, where he will undoubtedly make an immediate impact as we continue the work necessary to drive growth, improve margins and create long-term shareholder value,” said Joseph D. Ennen, chief executive officer. “Scott brings extensive financial, operational and strategic experience to SunOpta along with a proven history of delivering results and a strong discipline in cost and cash control. I am particularly impressed with his experience as an operationally oriented c.f.o. and his ability to passionately lead a financial function during challenging times and with a strong sense of urgency.”