October 2, 2018
Nordic Aquafarms founder takes helm of US operations; new CEO in Norway named
Nordic Aquafarms CEO and founder Erik Heim has moved to Maine, USA, as of October 1 to head Nordic Aquafarms in the US, where it is developing one of the largest RAS (recirculating aquaculture systems) farms in the world. The US is the single largest consumer market for salmon.
"We have been through an amazing journey in building up Nordic Aquafarms in the Nordics. Now we must ensure good execution of our corporate plans and our large undertaking in the US. I am looking forward to dedicating my time to establishing Nordic Aquafarms in the US and working with Bernt Olav (Røttingsnes)", said Erik Heim, referring to the new CEO in Norway.
Heim is taking charge of US operations as president of Nordic Aquafarms Inc., a 100% owned subsidiary of Nordic Aquafarms AS in Norway.
Røttingsnes took over the helm of Nordic Aquafarms Norway also on Oct. 1. He was previously CEO in Seagarden Group AS where, over the last five years, he has developed Seagarden to become a leading supplier of marine ingredients. He holds a Master of Business and Economics degree (Siviløkonom) from Norwegian Business School.
"I am looking forward to start working with the highly competent team in Nordic Aquafarms to fulfill the company's strategy and to position Nordic Aquafarms as a leading player in the development of land-based salmon farming", Røttingsnes said.
The company's board chairman, Lars-Henrik Røren, said the strengthened top management team now in place had the capacity to execute Nordic Aquafarms' ambitious growth strategy on both sides of the Atlantic. "We can now move forward with the confidence that we will meet the expectations of shareholders, authorities and the capital markets", he added.
Nordic Aquafarms is also starting up Norway´s first commercial land-based salmon farm in Norway, Fredrikstad Seafoods, at the end of this year. Nordic Aquafarms is likewise a majority shareholder in Sashimi Royal, the world´s largest land-based producer of Yellowtail Kingfish.