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Marit Solberg pictured with Marine Harvest chief executive Alf-Helge Aarskog on a previous occasion. Photo: Marine Harvest
Marit Solberg pictured with Marine Harvest chief executive Alf-Helge Aarskog on a previous occasion. Photo: Marine Harvest

Marit Solberg, chief operating officer for Marine Harvest Scotland, Canada, Ireland and the Faroes, has decided to retire at the end of the month, the company said in an announcement to the Norwegian stock exchange.

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“For more than three decades Marit Solberg has served in several key roles in Marine Harvest, and we would like to thank her for her extensive contributions through all these years,” said the company in the statement.

Marine Harvest is now going to have just one chief operating officer for farming. Per-Roar Gjerde, who has been operating director for Norway and Chile since January 1, 2017, will take on the global role.

Gjerde, born in 1967, is a graduate from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), and has completed executive management courses at Solstrand in Norway and Insead in France. He has extensive experience within salmon farming and sales.

He started his career as a salesperson with Domstein Salmon. In 2002 Gjerde became controller for farming at Fjord Seafood Norway, which became part of Marine Harvest in 2006. In 2007 Gjerde was appointed regional director for Region West, one of the four business units of Marine Harvest Norway at that time. In January 2016 he moved to Chile, was appointed managing director for Marine Harvest Chile and led the business restructuring process there.

Marine Harvest's corporate management team, from November 1, will be as follows:

  • CEO: Alf-Helge Aarskog
  • CFO: Ivan Vindheim
  • COO Farming: Per-Roar Gjerde
  • COO Sales & Marketing: Ola Brattvoll
  • COO Fish Feed: Ben Hadfield
  • Global director R&D: Øyvind Oaland
  • Chief strategy officer: Glenn Flanders
  • Global director HR: Anne Lorgen Riise
  • Communication director: Kristine Gramstad Wedler
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