Former Merck Animal Health Head of Global Aquaculture joins AKVA group

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Chris Beattie will be Regional Business Director North America and Australasia.

In a press release on Wednesday, aquaculture supplier AKVA group writes that as of September 1st, Chris Beattie will be responsible for the ongoing development of the company’s organisations in North America and Australasia and will support the ongoing growth and development of the business in these regions.

Beattie has over 20 years of international experience in the aquaculture industry. Starting as a Field Technical Advisor with Skretting in Scotland in 1999, he worked closely with customers in the field on projects including feed management, growth improvement and training.

Beattie relocated to Canada with Skretting in 2005, progressing through roles of increasing responsibility, including product and sales management. Assuming the position of General Manager for Skretting North America in 2010, his team introduced high-performance feeds to the Canadian market, integrated an acquired US feed business and pioneered a unique feed logistics solution in support of the rapidly developing Newfoundland aquaculture sector.

He then joined Merck Animal Health as Head of Global Aquaculture in 2015 based in Madison, New Jersey. Responsible for developing and executing the global aquaculture strategy, Chris managed the global marketing and technical service activities of Merck’s aquaculture portfolio including vaccines, anti-infectives and parasiticides.

More recently, Beattie led Merck Animal Health’s Precision Aquaculture Team, developing computer vision-based machine-learning solutions for aquaculture producers.

“We’re very excited to have somebody with Chris’s knowledge and experience joining the AKVA group team and wish him every success in his new role,” said AKVA COO International Andrew Campbell.