Andfjord Salmon names new CEO
By Nestor Arellano
A Norwegian innovator in land-based salmon farming recently announced that it has hired a new chief executive officer.
Martin Rasmussen, a 34-year-old management expert in the aquaculture industry was appointed the new CEO of Andfjord Salmons, according to a press release from the company.
Rasmussen has already been part of the Andfjord Salmon’s board. Before that, he was the factory manager of Røkke-owned Norway Seafood in Melbu. Rasmussen will be leaving his position as chief executive of French-owned Primex Norway AS, where he has built the “world’s most automated” whitefish processing plant, according to the release.
“We are proud that Martin has accepted the position of CEO. He was by far the most qualified candidate. Despite his young age, he has shown impressive acting power and knowledge about the industry,” said Roy Bernt Pettersen, chairman, and founder of Andfjord Salmons.
Pettersen has been both CEO and working chairman. As the founder and largest shareholder of the company, he will now focus on his position as chairman of the board.
Andfjord Salmon AS’s farming facility is located on Andøya, the northernmost island in the Arctic Archipelago of Lofoten, Vesterålen. Andfjord was established in 2014 by Pettersen. The company uses a patented technology that allows its facility to consume a minimal amount of energy with relatively low operating costs. The company also said its facility is sustainable with minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
The facility has a first phase license for 10,000 tons of salmon. In the longer term, Andfjord aims to produce 70,000 tons. Andfjord has already secured a number of sites for further growth.
“Andfjord Salmon has developed a technology for the future, a technology that is impressive and sustainable. I look forward to building the future of aquaculture, in collaboration with the local communities, suppliers, talented and innovative employees,” said Rasmussen.