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Atlantic Sapphire appoints Cermaq director as CEO

May 14, 2024  By RAStech staff

Pedro Courard. (Photo: Cermaq)

Land-based farmer, Atlantic Sapphire, has appointed Pedro Courard as its new chief executive officer.

Courard is an industrial engineer with a master’s in business administration and has been involved in the salmon industry in Chile for over 25 years in management positions at Ocea Chile (today Scale), Multi X and, since 2022, and Cermaq Chile. He will start in his new role Aug. 1.

Courard said he’s honoured to be appointed to lead the company. “I’m convinced that land-based salmon farming has the potential to disrupt the aquaculture industry and solve many of the challenges that global protein production faces today,” he said.


Johan Andreassen, co-founder and chief executive officer of Atlantic Sapphire. Photo: Atlantic Sapphire

Johan Andreassen the founder and current CEO said he’s happy with the selection of his successor.

“Pedro has a strong operational track record from the Chilean salmon industry and I am convinced that he will be a good match to lead the Miami operations and take the company to operational excellence in Phase 1 and beyond. The strategic position of Atlantic Sapphire is stronger today than ever, being the sole land-based salmon producer at scale in the vast and growing U.S. market with a unique location that enables the company to grow its production to unmatched scale, sustainably,” said Andreassen.

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