Bjørn Wallentin is new senior vice president Qrill Aqua sales at Aker BioMarine, and Ragnhild Dragøy takes on a new role as vice president product management. Photo: Aker BioMarine.

Krill harvester announces new roles

Aker BioMarine, which harvests Antarctic krill used in fish feed, has made changes at the top of its Animal Health and Nutrition business unit.

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Sales executive Bjørn Wallentin will join the company as senior vice president Qrill Aqua sales, and Aker BioMarine’s current sustainability director, Ragnhild Dragøy, will take on a new role as vice president product management.

Wallentin comes to Aker BioMarine from the position as regional vice president for the Americas region at Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun, a company where he has spent 27 years. In his new role as a part of the Qrill Aqua team, he will work to continuously to support and build the team’s sales and value creation within the Qrill Aqua existing and future product lines.

Functional ingredient

“The benefits of Qrill Aqua as a functional ingredient go across species, and we continue to uncover the health benefits of this tiny Antarctic crustacean. Our course is set for growth, and with that we aim to strengthen our leadership team and expand into new areas,” said Sigve Nordrum, executive vice president of the Animal Health & Nutrition unit, in a press release.

“With Bjørn’s strong sales background and Ragnhild’s understanding of sustainable product development for human and animal nutrition, we are well-positioned for our next chapter.”

Dragøy is a long-time marine biotechnology executive, who joined Aker BioMarine last year. She previously served as research director, marine biotechnology, for research institute Nofima. In her new role, she will help build up the company’s new unit, which will focus on the product lifecycle within Aker BioMarine’s Animal Health and Nutrition business.