Eide was until recently chair of Scottish Sea Farms co-owner SalMar and is a former chief executive of the world’s biggest Atlantic salmon farmer Marine Harvest (now called Mowi). He is also chair on aquaculture supplier Scale AQ, a board member of the Norwegian Seafood Federation, and has experience from aquafeed producer Skretting, Hydro Seafood and agriculture technology and information services supplier Kverneland Group.
“Atle Eide brings new perspectives, new insight and new strategic thinking to Kontali,” said the company’s chairman Espen Zachariassen in a press release.
“His experience will be an important contribution for the growth period Kontali is now going through. We are very pleased to have Atle as the new board member in the company.”
A basis for better decisions
Eide said: “I hope that the sum of my knowledge, experience and range can add something of value to the great and valuable expertise that has been built up by Kontali over many years.
“The global seafood industry will in the future need a much better basis for decision-making. Investments are becoming larger, values higher, risk sharper and the competition tougher. Kontali has the expertise, databases and networks that can deliver data that forms the basis for better decisions.
“Today we see more and more large companies, more stock listed companies, more professional investors and investment banks, all with the extensive requirements for documentation and information. Here, Kontali has a unique starting point. This applies not least to the new forms of production of both salmon, tilapia and shrimp – driven by technology for land-based farming and consumers’ desire for short-distance food.”
Kristiansund-based Kontali is expanding following the acquisition last year of a 71% stake in the company by Alytic, a company established by hydro-electric power company Arendals Fossekompani to develop data driven companies. It intends to have doubled its workforce by the end of the year.