Benchmark PLC (LON:BMK), the aquaculture genetics, health and advanced nutrition company, announced that Trond Williksen will join the company as its chief executive officer (CEO) in June.
Williksen is highly experienced in the international aquaculture and seafood industries, having held senior executive positions in the sector for more than 20 years, Benchmark said in a statement.
Most recently he was the CEO of SalMar ASA, the Norwegian fish farm company and one of the world's largest producers of farmed salmon. Prior to this, he was CEO of AKVA group ASA, the leading global aquaculture technology and service provider for six years.
When Williksen gets his feet under the desk the company’s chairman, Peter George will revert to a non-executive role.
George said Williksen brings deep, relevant aquaculture expertise and has proven operational, strategic, mergers & acquisitions and managerial experience spanning both producers and technology providers in the industry.
“I am confident that under his leadership and with his industry expertise, Benchmark will emerge from the current more difficult environment to realise its potential to become a profitable leading provider of sustainable solutions to the global aquaculture industry," the chairman added.