Cermaq promotes former Marine Harvest, Tassal executive

Published on
April 3, 2017

Salmon farming giant Cermaq has promoted David Kiemele to the role of managing director for Cermaq Canada, effective 29 April. 

Kiemele has been with Cermaq since May 2016, but has served the seafood industry for more than 17 years, holding down roles for companies such as Marine Harvest Canada and Tassal. For Marine Harvest, Kiemele worked within marine production for five years before joining Tassal in 2005, where he served as regional manager, general manager and head of farming before coming to Cermaq last year. 

When Kiemele first started working with Cermaq, he oversaw the marine production and processing operations in Tofino as the company’s regional production manager. Within his new role, Kiemele will focus on building up and expanding Cermaq’s operations in British Columbia. 

"We are proud that we found the best candidate for managing director internally," Cermaq CEO Geir Molvik said in a prepared statement. "David has already made a significant contribution in Cermaq, and I am confident he is the right person to build our operations in B.C. I look very much forward to having David on the global management team."

A trained aquaculture technician, Kiemele pursued a course of study involving executive management at Melbourne University and Harvard Business School. 

“I am delighted and excited to take on board this new position, and the responsibility that comes with it to build Cermaq Canada into the Customer’s Choice for farmed salmon,” Kiemele said. “It’s a great organization, with dedicated and passionate people, that produces a fantastic product. Working in partnership with nature, our stakeholders, striving to deliver our customers the best quality salmon will always be our priority.”

Cermaq, a fully-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, is a leading farmer of salmon and trout, with operations in Norway, Chile and Canada.

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