THE INDUSTRY FACES
Dr Francesca Blasco takes over product development and innovations
rancesca Blasco recently became Vice President of Product and Innovation, a newly created position at Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition, joining Dr Antje Eckel (CEO), Dr Bernhard Eckel (Vice President Sales) and Sabine Felten (Head of Finance) in the company’s top management. She will be responsible for the development of the company’s new and existing innovative product solutions.
Dr Francesca Blasco
Dr Antje Eckel, who founded the company 25 years ago, is extremely pleased with the acquisition. “Francesca is a valuable asset to Dr Eckel, both professionally and personally. She has many years’ experience in animal nutrition and is also an accomplished and proficient manager with first-hand knowledge of the tasks and challenges of product development. Her passion for our industry and our products is evident in all she does.” Francesca Blasco comes from Catania, Sicily. After studying chemistry at the University of Catania, she obtained her doctorate in Technical Biochemistry in Stuttgart, Germany. She initially worked in Norway, subsequently moving to Switzerland and the USA.
Grieg Shetland joins SSPO
he Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) recently announced that their latest member is Mr Grieg Shetland.
“I’m delighted to welcome Grieg Seafood into the SSPO. Through the SSPO, the industry can demonstrate its unparalleled investment and commitment to research, technology and fish health”, stated Chair of the SSPO, Gilpin Bradley.
The SSPO’s chief executive, Julie Hesketh-Laird, said, “It’s fantastic to welcome Grieg into SSPO membership, confirming our position as the authoritative voice of the industry. We look forward to working with Grant and his team.” Grieg Seafood was previously a member of SSPO as Hjaltland Seafarms but was excluded due to a contravention of the voluntary Code of Good Practice relating to the source of its smolts. The company is now fully compliant with the Code and its requirements on smolts.
Rebecca Sherratt promoted to Features Editor
nternational Aquafeed’s Production Editor, Rebecca Sherratt, has recently been promoted to her new role as Features Editor. In her new role, Rebecca will be increasing her visibility in the magazine as well as at exhibitions and trade shows and writing more articles for the magazine. Rebecca is very pleased with her new role and looks forward to increasing her visibility in the industry and the chance to write about more technical material.
“In such a vital, yet sometimes overlooked industry, in my new role as Features Editor I look forward to helping engage younger audiences with the importance of ensuring a sustainable future for food production. We must still make sure to attain the goal of feeding 9.5 billion people by 2050!”
Simon Seward named Aker BioMarine’s new VP Qrill Sales Asia
orking for the past six years for Norwegian human nutrition group SanaPharma in a variety of management roles, Simon brings an in-depth knowledge of the international B2B nutritional market to his new position, along with invaluable hands-on experience of brand development, sales, marketing and distribution in South East Asia. “I am really excited to be joining Aker BioMarine, which consistently leads the way in this industry with its integrated sales and marketing strategy, supporting their one of a kind product offering”, says Simon Seward.
In total, he has over 28 years of both client and agency-side B2B and B2C experience. Hailing from the United Kingdom, Simon is a Member of the Institute of Directors & Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds an MSc Marketing from Staffordshire University.
New MD appointed for Cermaq Chile
teven Rafferty brings broad global industry experience to Cermaq Chile, the second largest farming company in Chile
“I am very pleased to announce that Steven Rafferty will be the new MD for Cermaq Chile. He is definitely the right person for this task, bringing with him broad knowledge from the industry and is business savvy. He also knows Chilean culture and business well, which is important for building our operations in Chile,” says CEO Geir Molvik.
“I very much look forward to lead Cermaq’s operations in Chile. Cermaq has changed significantly since I left in 2010 and I am delighted and excited to lead the Chilean operations and be part of the global management that will take the company into its next phase” says Mr Rafferty. 66 | May 2019 - International Aquafeed