AKVA Group Scotland has appointed Jason Cleaversmith as its new general manager, replacing David Thorburn, who has moved to a new role as head of export.
Cleaversmith (pictured) has more than 10 years’ experience in the aquaculture industry, and arrives at AKVA from a senior position as director of Business Development and Operations at the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).
Prior to joining SAIC he was the head of Aqua Health for Novartis on Prince Edward Island, Canada, where he oversaw four biologics facilities, spanning both R&D and manufacturing activities.
He has a PhD in marine geochemistry from the University of Edinburgh, and an MBA from the University of Glasgow.
With AKVA in Scotland now employing more than 65 people, Thorburn is heading up the expansion into the export market.
He said: ‘Jason’s operational and business development background will bring great value to AKVA Group Scotland as it continues to develop and thrive with the Scottish Industry, as well as allowing us to develop our export business.’
Cleaversmith said: ‘I’m delighted to be joining the AKVA team at such an exciting time in its evolution. Supporting the Scottish team and the delivery of our strategic objectives will be key, along with ensuring that excellence in customer service and the supply of innovative, and high quality products, is maintained.’