Ex-Huon CEO Philip Wiese has joined Cooke Aquaculture Inc. as Atlantic Canada MD. Photo: JBS Foods.
Ex-Huon CEO Philip Wiese has joined Cooke Aquaculture Inc. as Atlantic Canada MD. Photo: JBS Foods.

Ex-Huon CEO Wiese takes charge of Cooke’s Atlantic Canada operations

Salmon farmer Cooke Aquaculture Inc. has announced the appointment of Philip Wiese as managing director of East Coast Aquaculture Operations in Canada.

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Wiese joins Cooke from his most recent leadership role as chief executive at Huon Aquaculture, Australia’s second largest salmon farming company. Huon was recently bought by Brazilian meat processing giant JBS Foods.

In a press release, family-owned Cooke said Wiese brings significant aquaculture expertise to the company having successfully delivered for nearly 15 years with Huon.

Over the course of his career, Wiese was director of the Tasmania Salmon Growers’ Association where he led collaboration across the Tasmanian salmon industry and managed the Tasmanian salmon brand globally. He has held various senior commercial management roles in finance, insurance and trading in the manufacturing, distribution and retail business areas.

Augmenting leadership

Cooke said in response to significant global growth in recent years, it has created the role of managing director of East Coast Aquaculture Operations to augment North American leadership and provide additional structure, ensuring the company’s long-term success while maintaining an employee-centric culture.

Wiese, who will report to chief executive Glenn Cooke, will oversee and lead all operations of Cooke Aquaculture’s Atlantic Canadian organisation.

Cooke farms salmon in Atlantic Canada, Maine in the United States, Orkney and Shetland in Scotland, and in Chile. It also farms steelhead trout in Washington State in the western US, and sea bass and bream in the Mediterranean.