Icelandic salmon company makes two new key appointments

ohn Gunnar Grindskar, Chief Operating Officer, Arctic Fish

Icelandic salmon farmer Arctic Fish has made two new key appointments.

The Mowi-owned company has named John Gunnar Grindskar as its new Chief Operating Officer and Baldur Smári Einarsson as its new Financial Director.

John Grindskar, who joins from Mowi in Norway, takes up his post in the next few days, while Baldur Einarson, who has been working in Arctic Fish’s finance department, starts on 1 January.

Grindskar will be responsible for all of the company’s farming and seafood operations. He has a great deal of experience in fish farming, having joined Mowi in Norway in 1992. Since then he has held a number of positions with the business, most recently as Regional Manager of Mowi in central Norway.

Arctic Fish CEO Stein Ove Tveiten said: “We are especially happy to have John Gunnar join us. His experience and knowledge will bring the company a lot of success in the development ahead.”

Grindskar said: “Iceland is a relatively new fish farming nation with increasing production and great growth opportunities.

“Arctic Fish has a good foundation, managing the entire value chain from fry to the finished product itself, which represents huge opportunities.”

He added: “The main task will be to develop the activity further and ensure the best possible working practices with animal welfare and sustainability as a guiding principle. I am looking forward to taking part in the journey ahead.”

Baldur Einarson, FD-designate, Arctic Fish

Baldur Einarsson has worked at Arctic Fish since 2019, in the finance department. He holds a  degree in Business Administration from the University of Iceland and has extensive experience in finance and auditing.

He said: “I am grateful for the trust shown in me by the company’s senior management by allowing me to take on this important job. Arctic Fish has all the means to grow and thrive and there is an exciting journey ahead.”

Arctic Fish was hit by an embarrassing salmon escape three months ago, and the Icelandic authorities are continuing to investigate the incident. The escape led to calls to ban open pen farming in Iceland.

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