Norwegian Seafood Council appoints temporary chief

Published on
May 4, 2022
Børge Grønbech, interim CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council

Børge Grønbech has taken up the reins as CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) on an interim basis while a permanent appointment is made. He replaces Renate Larsen, who resigned from the position earlier in the year.

The organization, which has the goal of promoting Norwegian seafood exports, will continue with its process of recruiting a new leader, with the assistance of ISCO Group AS, it said in a press release.

“I am both proud and grateful to have this opportunity. I look forward to taking on a new role in the seafood council and promise that we will continue to deliver on our most important vision, namely, to win the world for Norwegian seafood,” Grønbech said.

Employed by NSC since 1998, Grønbech has been NSC’s director of global operations since May 2018. His previous positions with the council include marketing director at the head office and fisheries envoy in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. He has a bachelor’s degree in fisheries, a master's degree in international marketing, and an MBA in seafood management from the Norwegian School of Economics.

“We are very pleased that Børge has agreed to be appointed CEO of the [Norwegian] Seafood Council. This means that we get a safe and good leader of the company until a new boss is in place,” NSC Chair Marianne E. Johnsen said.Larsen will continue to be available to both the board and Grønbech “for some time to come,” she said in a press release.

Norway’s seafood industry exported a record NOK 34 billion (USD 3.7 billion, EUR 3.5 billion) worth of fisheries and aquaculture products to overseas markets in the first quarter of 2022. Compared with Q1 2021, the increase in value was 22 percent or NOK 6.2 billion (USD 666.6 million, EUR 630.7 million.

In the quarter, Norway exported 283,200 metric tons (MT) of farmed Atlantic salmon, worth a record NOK 23.2 billion (USD 2.5 billion, EUR 2.4 billion), and 26,100 MT of fresh cod – earning a Q1 best of NOK 1.3 billion (USD 139.8 million, EUR 132.2 million).

Photo courtesy of Norwegian Seafood Council

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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