Benchmark appoints new CEO
By Nestor Arellano
Aquaculture genetics and fish health company Benchmark PLC, has appointed a new chief executive officer.
The United Kingdom-based firm has announced that Trond Williksen will be its new CEO. He will officially begin his duties on June 1st.
Over the last 20 years, Williksen has held several high profile positions in the international aquaculture and seafood industry.
Most recently he was CEO of SalMar ASA, the Norwegian fish farm company and one of the world’s largest producers of farmed salmon. Prior to this, he was CEO of AKVA group ASA, the leading global aquaculture technology and service provider for six years. He previously held a number of senior roles in Aker ASA’s Seafoods, Ocean Harvest and BioMarine divisions.
Acquisition has been a big part of Benchmark’s growth.
Benchmark was established in 2000. It began operations in the food supply chain industry.Twelve years later, the company acquired Novartis’ vaccine plant in the U.K. Following that, Benchmark bought salmon breeding firms SalmoBreed and StofnFiskur.
In 2015, Benchmark added Norwegian, Akvaforsk Genetics Centre AS, and tilapia breeding company, Spring Genetics to its stable of acquisitions. That same year, the company also bought feed company INVE Aquaculture.
In 2016, Benchmark entered the shrimp breeding space in South America. The following year, the company entered into an agreement with salmon producer and genetics company SalMar. And in 2018, Benchmark launched its aquaculture genetics facility in Chile.