Mowi Scotland’s Production Director, Meritxell Diez-Padrisa, is to take up a new role as the company’s Fish Health Director as from May. Stepping into her position as Production Director is Roar Paulsen, currently Production Director for Lerøy Midt AS.
In her new position, Diez-Padrisa will oversee fish health programmes in all regions for the company. A veterinarian and fish health expert, she has been Production Director at Mowi Scotland since February 2020 and has overseen significant biological improvements in farming during this period.
Mowi said the company seeks to benefit from her expertise in the other farming regions, alongside continued improvements to its operations in Scotland.
Ben Hadfield, the company’s COO for Scotland, Ireland and the Faroes, said: “Mowi’s recent Capital Markets Day highlighted the synergies expected from close cooperation… those who follow our salmon sector closely will know that fish health and welfare are key to a sustainable and profitable business.”
He added: “I am very pleased to be able to attract Roar Paulsen to the role as Production Director beginning in May. With 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. Roar comes to Mowi after spending 26 years with Lerøy as Managing director in Lerøy Hydrotech AS and then Production Director for Lerøy Midt AS. He currently holds board positions in several farming companies and related organisations such as OURO and Sjømat Norge and will continue to support these organisations from Scotland.”
Roar Paulsen will be based in Fort William, Scotland. He will be responsible for all farming activities. Sean Anderson will continue to deputise for the Production Director and oversee Marine Operations, and he will also take responsibility for Purchasing.