Scottish Salmon Co announces new CEO

By Gwen Ridler contact

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The Scottish Salmon Company has appointed a new chief executive
The Scottish Salmon Company has appointed a new chief executive

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The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has announced the appointment of a new chief executive following its merger with Danish fish processor Bakkafrost.

Current head Craig Anderson will leave the position to be replaced by Odd Eliasen – existing managing director of Havsbrún, a subsidiary of Bakkafrost – with immediate effect.

During his time with the business, Anderson oversaw year-on-year growth for SCC, including a 68.5% rise in operating profit and a 19% rise in sales for the year ending 31 December 2018.

The board of directors thanked Anderson for his contribution to the business over the last six years.

‘Growth vision’

Commenting on his departure from the company, Anderson said: “Following the completion of the acquisition of SSC, Bakkafrost will take leadership of the company to deliver the growth vision of the enlarged group. 

“I am proud of the entire SSC team and the success that we collectively achieved. It has been a pleasure being the driving force in ensuring that, throughout the world, the value of Scottish provenance continues to be recognised.”

Eliasen praised his predecessor’s reputation within the industry as a strong leader with a firm commitment to the company’s stakeholders.

‘Smooth integration’

He added: “I look forward to building on his legacy and maintaining the growth momentum of the company.  My near-term objective will be to ensure a smooth integration of the business so the combined company can deliver the strategic synergies that underpinned the rationale for the acquisition.”

Following successful integration into Bakkafrost, SSC will be better placed to pursue further growth opportunities by leveraging its position in the Scottish salmon sector and its established premium brands, according to the processor.

Meanwhile, Premier Foods has announced the appointment of Duncan Leggett as chief financial officer​ of the company with immediate effect.

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