AKVA man Johnson to retire


ONE of aquaculture’s most familiar faces, Dougie Johnson of AKVA, has announced his retirement.
Johsnon, sales director at Inverness based AKVA Group Scotland, has worked across the industry in a career spanning more than 40 years.
He began as a salmon and trout farmer in the mid-1970s, and went on to work at Kames and for Landcatch, with spells in Norway and Chile.
In an ‘Industry Pioneer’ interview for Fish Farmer, published in 2015, Johnson spoke of his pride in the aquaculture industry’s development and the jobs it has created.
‘There is huge growth potential utilising new technology and farming practices,’ he said. ‘I see opportunities even, eventually, in retirement. It’s a journey we’re on and I’ve been very fortunate to be part of it.’
Johnson is to be replaced by David Peach, AKVA announced today. Peach has more than 25 years’ experience in the marine industry and arrives at AKVA from a senior position as group sales director at 3Si, Safety and Survival Systems International.
With AKVA in Scotland now employing more than 70 people, Peach’s role will be to lead the organisation in delivering profitable sales and ensuring customer service and support continues to be ‘best in class’, said the company.
Jason Cleaversmith, AKVA’s general manager in Scotland, said: ‘David’s strong sales background will bring great value to AKVA Group Scotland as it continues to develop and thrive within the UK Industry, as well as allowing us to develop our international business.’
Peach said: ‘I’m delighted to be joining the AKVA team and building strong relationships with customers and developing a robust sales team, along with ensuring that excellence in customer service and the supply of innovative, and high quality products, is maintained.’
Picture: Aquaculture pioneer Dougie Johnson


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