Joe Furtado promoted to CEO of Eastern Fisheries; Marie-Anne Omnes to oversee European marketing for Seafood Scotland

Marie-Anne Omnes Seafood Scotland

To keep up to date with movement and job shifts across the seafood industry, SeafoodSource is compiling a weekly round-up of the latest industry position-shift updates.

-Marie-Anne Omnes (pictured) has been appointed as Seafood Scotland's head of trade marketing for Europe.

Omnes previously worked in the Paris office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service as a policy advisor.

“France, Italy, and Spain are three vital export markets for us, with other countries also showing a great deal of interest. Marie-Anne’s in-depth knowledge of continental Europe will be invaluable to us as we continue to seek out new avenues to promote premium Scottish seafood to discerning buyers,” Seafood Scotland CEO Donna Fordyce said in a release. “Marie-Anne is already planning for events in Europe next year including a culinary school masterclass and media lunch in Paris in January.”

-New Bedford, Massachusets U.S.A.-based seafood harvester and processer Eastern Fisheries has announced a change in leadership, including the promotion of Joe Furtado from executive vice president to CEO. 

Furtado has been in the seafood industry for over 30 years, and joined Eastern Fisheries in 1997.

“Joe has a lifetime of experience in the seafood industry, and specifically with Eastern Fisheries. He has guided our company through significant growth and expansion and under his leadership, we increased our vertically integrated business to significantly larger markets and product offerings,” Eastern Fisheries President Ronald Enoksen said in a release. “Joe possesses the knowledge, insight and vision to mobilize our leadership team into our next growth phase.”

Eastern Fisheries also promoted Joseph Marshall to executive vice president, Donald Munroe to vice president of supply chain, and Shawn Harding to vice president of sales. 

“Through these leadership changes Eastern Fisheries will continue to build upon our commitment to increase efficiencies, in all aspects of our organization. These shifts will allow us to apply greater focus on the internal systems needed to meet future market demand and build long term strategies for business growth,” Furtado said. 

-Salisbury, Maryland U.S.A.-based Handy Seafood has appointed Michael Gershenfeld as vice president of food sales. Gershenfeld was most recently COO of the Taustin Group, a Maryland-based hospitality and foodservice firm.

“With a wealth of experience and a distinguished career in sales and sales management, Michael Gershenfeld is well-prepared to drive Handy’s foodservice sales to new heights. His multifaceted background encompasses roles as a broker, an operator, and a distributor within the food service industry,” Handy Seafood said in a release.

Photo courtesy of Seafood Scotland


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