Norwegian salmon farming business Kvarøy Arctic has appointed Rune Mikalsen as its Chief Executive Officer, in a move which it says will strengthen the company’s bid to grow in the American market.
Formerly the CFO of Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett AS – Kvarøy Arctic’s parent company – Mikalsen is an experienced operator in the seafood industry.
Kvarøy said: “Mikalsen’s leadership skills and strategic vision will play a vital role in driving Kvarøy Arctic’s growth and enhancing its reputation for delivering high-quality salmon products to the US market.”
He will be responsible for overseeing the company’s operations, sales and marketing strategies, and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders, including customers, distributors, and retailers.
“I am thrilled to join Kvarøy Arctic and have the opportunity to lead the expansion in the USA,” said Rune Mikalsen. “Kvarøy Arctic’s commitment to sustainable aquaculture, product excellence, and environmental stewardship aligns perfectly with my own values. I look forward to working closely with the talented team at Kvarøy Arctic to bring the exceptional taste and quality of Norwegian salmon to even more American consumers.”
Kvarøy Arctic, which farms in northern Norway, stresses its dedication to responsible salmon farming practice such as low-density farming, ensuring the well-being of the fish, and minimising environmental impact. The company has achieved a number of certifications including from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), Fair Trade and Global GAP.
Alf-Gøran Knutsen, CEO at Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett AS, said: “We are delighted to have Rune Mikalsen join the team as the CEO of Kvarøy Arctic. His extensive experience in the seafood industry and his passion for sustainable practices make him the ideal leader to drive our growth and strengthen our position in the American market.
“We are confident that under Rune’s guidance, Kvarøy Arctic will continue to excel and bring the best of Norwegian salmon to even more consumers.”
Kvarøy Arctic has also announcing the appointment of a new Midwestern sales manager, Arnie Dzelkalns, and the promotion of Freddy Olcese to the post of Chief Financial Officer.