Witzøe resigns as CEO of SalMar

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Salmon producer gets its first female top manager.

The board of salmon producer, SalMar, has hired Linda Litlekalsøy Aase as the new CEO of the company. She takes over from Gustav Witzøe, who has said he is willing to be nominated to the company’s board.

Linda L. Aase will take up the position no later than 1 June.

In a press release, Witzøe commented, “I am very proud of what SalMar has become. We are a unique team of skilled employees in all parts of the company. We have important partners among the owners, in the private business sector, in academia and among the authorities who share our ambitions for the Norwegian aquaculture industry. I am pleased with the idea of ​​everything we will continue to create and that Linda has taken on the task as team captain.”

Comes from Aker
The new CEO comes from the position of Executive Vice President where she was responsible for the electrification, maintenance and modifications business area in engineering company, Aker Solutions. She started at Aker Solutions in 2014 where she has held various management positions, and before that at Rolls-Royce Marine.

Linda Litlekalsøy Aase has over 20 years of experience in industry, a Master of Science degree in materials technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and she has studied economics and management at the Norwegian School of Management (NHH). She has been a board member of SalMar since June 2020.

“I feel humbled and have enormous respect for the fantastic job Gustav Witzøe and his 1,800 skilled employees do, and I look forward to leading the SalMar team further,” said Linda L. Aase.

Linda L. Aase. Photo: SalMar

31 years
Chairman of the Board Leif Inge Nordhammer emphasizes the new CEO’s experience from industries other than farming as particularly relevant.

“SalMar has developed a strong operational organization with a focus on biology and cost efficiency throughout the value chain, and we intend to develop this further with Linda at the helm. Linda’s experience from other industries will also be very relevant for the further development of SalMar.

“On behalf of all of us at SalMar, I would also like to thank Gustav for his enormous, unique, and tireless efforts for SalMar through 31 years. Without Gustav’s extensive knowledge and innovative power, SalMar would not have been the company it is today. SalMar will continue to use Gustav’s experience and expertise, and he will, among other things, actively contribute to the NTS process,” said Leif Inge Nordhammer.