July 22, 2020


New appointments at Veramaris one year after productions started in US


Just one year after productions started at its facility in Nebraska, the United States, Veramaris has announced the appointment of three new members to bolster its team and deliver further growth for the business.

Alexander Hillmann joins as chief financial officer from parent company Evonik. He has worked for the chemicals giant for almost 20 years in a number of different roles in Europe and the US.

Speaking about the appointment, Hillmann said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to work for a new company that is really making a difference. I hope the knowledge I bring will help Veramaris grow in the next exciting stage of its development."

He takes over from Frank Beissmann who has returned to Evonik after three successful years on secondment, as part of the founding team that helped launch Veramaris.

Yann Le Gal takes the new role of retail manager for Europe. He has a wealth of sales experience from the seafood industry in France, having been sales director at Mytilimer and sales manager at the Marine Harvest Group. He has a deep knowledge of the sector having earned a diploma in aquaculture from the Groupe Ecole superieure d'Agriculture d'Angers, followed by a Master's degree in aquaculture and economics from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Gal's experience will be invaluable as Veramaris collaborates with partners across the entire value chain, an approach which has helped the company deliver tangible results.

Herve Hartmann will be general manger of Veramaris LLC, based at its production facility in Blair, Nebraska. A biochemical engineer by training, Hartmann has a wealth of experience having spent more than twenty years with Veramaris parent company DSM. He spent time in a range of production roles in Germany, the Netherlands and the US. He is also a linguist, speaking five languages.

Commenting on the team changes, CEO Karim Kurmaly said: "We have seen significant and exciting growth in the company since opening our facility in Blair a year ago and it's testament to the hard work of the existing team that we now need to further strengthen our organisation with Alexander, Yann and Herve.


"All of them are occupying different roles within the business but they have in common a wealth of knowledge and experience in their respective fields."

- Veramaris