Icicle Seafoods names new CEO, president, board chair
Alaska and Pacific Northwest seafood processor Icicle Seafoods of Seattle made three senior management appointments on Thursday, including naming Chris Ruettgers as the new CEO.
Also, Amy Humphreys was appointed to the position of chairman of the board of directors and LaDon Johnson was named president. All appointments are effective 1 May 2015.
"Amy has built an industry leading management team at Icicle and we are delighted that she will join the board of directors as its chairman,” said Dexter Paine, chairman and CEO of Paine & Partners in New York, the company’s owner. “With her knowledge of Icicle’s day-to-day operations, Amy will bring significant experience to the board, help lead Icicle’s strategic direction and governance, and facilitate the transition to Chris and LaDon in their new roles.”
Ruettgers has served as Icicle's executive VP of strategy and corporate development since joining Icicle in 2011; he has been a member of the board of directors since 2007.
“I am excited to take on the role of CEO at Icicle, a company that continues to be defined by strong customer relationships and fishermen partnerships,” said Ruettgers. “I believe we have significant opportunities to build on Icicle's platform and achieve further success. Our talented and dedicated employees will continue to be the backbone of our Company, and I look forward to working alongside them.”
Johnson, who currently serves as Icicle's CFO, will retain those responsibilities and also oversee the company’s accounting and finance, legal and human resource activities. Prior to joining Icicle, Johnson was the CFO of Cibus Global, a global plant biotechnology company, and also served as president of Cibus's international operations.
Icicle's is a primary processor of salmon, pollock, crab, halibut, cod, sablefish and herring, with both on-shore and floating processing facilities. It also owns the largest U.S. owned and operated salmon farming company located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.