Nueva Pescanova CEO’s departure had “nothing to do with business,” spokesperson says

Nueva Pescanova CEO Ignacio González.

The imminent departure of Nueva Pescanova CEO Ignacio González from the company on 16 June is unrelated to the company’s current situation of being sold by Abanca.

Canadian seafood conglomerate Cooke Inc. entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement in April 2023 to purchase an 80 percent stake in Nueva Pescanova from Abanca, a Spanish bank facing regulatory pressure to offload its majority holding.

“I can't tell nothing on the positions of either Abanca or Cooke, but Nacho's exit was agreed months ago and all the parts of the deal were informed in advance,” Nueva Pescanova Global Chief Marketing, Innovation, and Communication Officer Miguel Angel González Ezquerra told SeafoodSource in an email.

González Ezquerra said he couldn’t provide an update on the state of negotiations, deferring to Cooke and Abanca. A Cooke spokesperson declined comment, and Abanca did not respond to a request for comment.

But González Ezquerra said González had been planning to leave Nueva Pescanova even before Cooke was chosen as the exclusive bidder for the company …

Photo courtesy of Nueva Pescanova

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