Norwegian Seafood Council CEO resigns

Published on
February 28, 2022
NSC CEO Renate Larsen poses with sushi prepared with seafood from Norway.

Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) is looking for a new CEO following the resignation of Renate Larsen, who has been in the role for six years.

In a press release, Larsen said the decision to step down as head of the trade body representing the Norwegian seafood industry was hers alone, and that she will remain in the position throughout her six-month notice period if the NSC board requires it.

“There’s no drama behind my decision. I have had six fantastic and exciting years with the Norwegian Seafood Council. I have had the privilege to work with a competent and adaptable organization that I will miss. There is a time for everything, and it feels that the time is right for me to do something else,” Larsen said. “I will not be going from the Norwegian Seafood Council straight into a new job. Now I want to spend some time thinking about the next steps in my career.”

NSC Board Chair Marianne E. Johnsen said she had hoped to keep Larsen for a while longer, but at the same time understood that she now wants to explore other possibilities.

“I have greatly appreciated Renate as a person, her professionalism, security, and leadership skills,” Johnsen said.

Johnsen credited Larsen with professionalizing the NSC through her work on new strategies for the council.

“In the six years Renate Larsen and I have worked together, a lot has changed. Among other things, we have put in place a new strategy and implemented a major reorganization and streamlining of the organization,” Johnsen said. “The Norwegian Seafood Council has been professionalized as an organization, which we not least see in the way we work now with the seafood industry and the [Norwegian] Ministry of Trade and Industry. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Renate Larsen for her efforts. She leaves a legacy and will be missed.”

Larsen has a master's degree in economics from the Norwegian School of Management, specializing in strategy, organization, and management. She joined NSC in 2016 from Lerøy Aurora.

“I am proud of what we have achieved in these years both in ensuring and documenting the value we create for the Norwegian seafood industry and the nation of Norway as well as the strategic and organizational measures we have taken,” Larsen said.  

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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