Prominent Ecuadorian tuna processor hires former Eurofish exec
As Seafman generation manager Victoria Serrano prepares to retire, Ramon Sierra has been hired to take her position with the tuna processing company, which is based in Manta, Ecuador and majority-owned by Tri Marine.
Considered an important part of the Ecuadorian seafood industry since it opened 50 years ago, Seafman was acquired by Tri Marine from Bumble Bee in 2003. Serrano served as the company’s general manager from the time of the sale.
“We are grateful for Vicky’s long service,” said Tri Marine CEO Renato Curto on Serrano’s departure in a prepared statement. “She has been an important part of the Tri Marine Group of companies and we wish her the best in her retirement.”
Sierra leaves behind his position as executive president and general manager for Ideal Alambrec/Bekaert – a role he held since 2007 – to take over for Serrano. Before working for Ideal Alambrec/Bekaert, Sierra served as general manager for Eurofish, SA, which was partially owned by Tri Marine at the time of his service.
“Ramon is an experienced tuna executive,” Curto said. “He knows the business and we know him. We are thrilled that he has joined our group.”
Seafman processes about 150 tons of tuna every day for distribution to European and Latin markets. Around 1,600 people are employed by the company to work in its production facilities and administrative offices, preparing and marketing products such as frozen tuna loins and canned tuna.