Benchmark CSO steps down

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Changes at the top now former SalMar chief Trond Williksen is CEO.

In a press release on Tuesday, British aquaculture genetics company Benchmark writes that Alex Raeber is stepping down as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Director with effect from 31 July 2020.

It marks the first big changes since it was announced in early April that experienced aquaculture player Trond Williksen was taking over as Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company.

Benchmark wrote that Raeber lead the review of its product pipeline as well as reorganised the group’s in-house trial facilities and more. “Having completed these critical projects and as the Company moves from an R&D investment phase into commercial execution, Alex has decided that this is the right time to pursue new challenges,” it wrote.

Furthermore, former Head of Advanced Nutrition Philippe L├ęger has decided the time is right “to pursue new projects”. He handed over his position to Athene Blakeman July 2019 but stayed on following the resignation of Malcolm Pye as Benchmark’s CEO in 2019, to support the executive management team and Executive Chairman Peter George.

Peter George thanked the team for their contributions: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Alex and Philippe for their important contributions to Benchmark, particularly the roles they have played in the new strategy and restructuring we initiated in 2019. We wish them success in their future endeavours.”