Mowi makes top team more ‘hands-on’

Mowi's CEO Ivan Vindheim

A SHAKE-UP in the group management team of Mowi, announced today, sees the company’s global farming operations split between three leaders.

Per-Roar Gjerde will be the COO of Farming in the Americas (Canada and Chile) and the Faroes, and will will also lead Farming Norway until a permanent candidate has been found for the position.

Ben Hadfield, currently managing director of Mowi Scotland, has been appointed COO Farming for Scotland and Ireland.

His role as COO of Feed will now be taken over by Atle Kvist, who has been managing director of Mowi

Feed, after joining the group this year from his post as managing director of Ewos Norway.

Ivan Vindheim, who recently succeeded Alf-Helge Aarskog as CEO of Mowi, said: ‘Over the past few years, we have seen increasing biological issues and costs in our farming division.

‘It is undoubtedly more challenging to be a farmer today than just a few years back. In order to meet these challenges, we have decided to strengthen the leadership resources in our group management team.

‘I am delighted that Per-Roar Gjerde, Ben Hadfield and Atle Kvist have agreed to bring their extensive expertise and experience to these new positions.

‘This will enable us to adopt an even more hands-on approach in managing our farming entities.

‘We will now begin the job of finding the best candidate to run Mowi Farming Norway on a permanent basis.’

The new group management team consists of:

CEO: Ivan Vindheim
CFO: Kristian Ellingsen
COO Farming Americas and the Faroes, and interim COO Farming Norway: Per-Roar Gjerde
COO Farming Scotland and Ireland: Ben Hadfield
COO Sales & Marketing: Ola Brattvoll
COO Feed: Atle Kvist
Chief technology officer: Øyvind Oaland
Chief HR officer: Anne Lorgen Riise
Chief sustainability officer: Catarina Martins

The changes, which will not impact Mowi’s financial reporting structure, will be effective from January 1, 2020.

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