Innovasea appoints new Norway MD
US-based aquaculture technology supplier Innovasea has announced the appointment of Rudi Seim as managing director of its office in Bergen, Norway.
Seim joins Innovasea from Benchmark Genetics, where he was head of production Norway and global fish health.
“Rudi was an ideal choice to lead our Norwegian business,” said Innovasea chief executive David Kelly in a press release. “Not only does he have a great understanding of the market and strong contacts throughout the industry, but his background in genetics and egg production brings another area of expertise to Innovasea.”
Seim has more than 15 years of experience in the global aquaculture industry. At Innovasea he will oversee all operations in Norway, including business development, sales, field service, and customer support.
Commitment to R&D
“This is fantastic opportunity and I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Innovasea,” said Seim. “I’ve long been impressed by Innovasea’s commitment to R&D and its ability to drive technological advancements in the fish farming industry, and now I’ll get to be a part of that from the inside.”
Seim has a BSc in economics and administration and an MSc in executive management, both from the Norwegian School of Economics, and a master’s degree in aquamedicine from the University of Bergen.
Innovasea has six branches in North America – five in the US and one in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and offices in Bergen, Norway; Puerto Varas, Chile; Corinth, Greece; and Hobart, Tasmania.
The company, based in Boston, Massachusetts, supplies a wide range of equipment for fish farming at sea and on land and is owned by Cuna Del Mar, a US-based sustainable aquaculture investment fund founded by multi-billionaire Christy Walton, the widow of John T Walton, one of the sons of WalMart founder Sam Walton.
Cuna Del Mar also owns fish genetics expert the Centre for Aquaculture Technologies, open ocean cobia producer Open Blue, and Sol Azul, which grows Pacific oysters in the El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve in Baja California.