Taylor will start his new position in March.
Taylor will lead the development and execution of salmon producer Grieg’s downstream strategy in the North American market.
Grieg’s fully integrated sales division in North America is based in Vancouver, Canada, and employs 18 people.
Taylor previously held the role as vice president of purchasing, sales and logistics at Peter Pan Seafood Company. He also has 24 years of experience at Mowi, where he developed and managed the Raw Material & Trade sales operations for North America.
Erik Holvik, Chief Commercial Officer at Grieg commented, “Grieg Seafood is on an exciting journey of growth where we are building a stronger presence in the market. Last year, as a first step, our new fully integrated global sales and marketing organization became operational. Now we are in the process of developing our downstream strategy, which is based on strategic partnerships, value added processing, category development and brand cultivation.”
“I cannot think of a better person to lead this work in North America than Ken Taylor. Not only does he have the expertise and years of experience; he also shares Grieg Seafood’s values. We simply can’t wait to get started,” Holvik continued.
Taylor commented, “I have enjoyed working with the dedicated professionals at Peter Pan over the last year, but could not let the opportunity of developing Grieg Seafood’s presence in the North American market go. It is in the salmon industry that I have spent most of my career. I look forward to joining the entire Grieg Seafood team and working together in building partnerships downstream as we grow our business.”
In North America, Grieg has salmon farms in British Columbia on the West Coast of Canada and is currently building up a new farming region in Newfoundland on the East Coast. The company also has farming operations in the North and South of Norway, and a sales division based in Bergen, Norway. Globally, Grieg Seafood is targeting 90,000 tons of harvest in 2022