Mowi Scotland appoints former Lerøy executive as new production director

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Incumbent Meritxell Diez-Padrisa moves to fish health director as Roar Paulsen takes over.

In a press release, Mowi Scotland writes that it is making changes to its farming management.

Veterinarian and fish health expert Diez-Padrisa has been promoted to oversee fish health programmes in all regions. Diez-Padrisa has been production director at Mowi Scotland since February 2020 and has overseen the significant biological improvements in farming during this period. She will continue to work on biological improvements in farming in Scotland, Ireland and the Faroes.

Roar Paulsen comes to Mowi from Lerøy as managing director in Lerøy Hydrotech and then production director for Lerøy Midt. Paulsen’s position will be to be responsible for all farming activities and is based in Fort William, Scotland, and to closely lead the farming team as Mowi continues to execute its growth plans toward 80,000 tonnes harvested volume.

Meritxell Diez-Padrisa. PHOTO: Mowi

He currently holds board positions in several farming companies and related organisations such as OURO and Sjømat Norge and will continue to support these from Scotland.

“Mowi’s recent Capital Markets Day highlighted the synergies expected from close cooperation between Scotland, Ireland and the Faroes,” said Mowi COO Farming Scotland, Ireland and the Faroes Ben Hadfield. “Those who follow our salmon sector closely will know that fish health and welfare are key to a sustainable and profitable business.”

“I am very pleased to be able to attract Roar Paulsen to the role as production director beginning in May. With an education in aquaculture, food technology and leadership positions in fishing and fish farming over the past 35 years, Roar brings key attributes and experience to the role,” added Hadfield.

COO Farming Scotland and Ireland and now Faroes: Ben Hadfield

Sean Anderson will continue to deputise for the production director and oversee marine operations, and in addition, he will also take responsibility for purchasing.

“We are very pleased with the biological improvements achieved this last year after a challenging period during 2020. With these appointments we are well placed to continue down this successful path, while also ensuring we share best practices between farming regions in Scotland, Ireland and the Faroes and support each other’s efforts to deliver on growth, cost control and sustainable farming practices,” concluded Hadfield.