Brenda Chandler has joined Nordic Aquafarms Inc. as full-time CFO. Photo: Nordic Aquafarms Inc.

Nordic Aquafarms appoints new finance chief

Nordic Aquafarms Inc., the US subsidiary of Norwegian on-land salmon farmer Nordic Aquafarms, has named Brenda Chandler as its full-time chief financial officer. Chandler will begin on March 18 and work out of the company’s corporate headquarters in Portland, Maine.

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“We are very pleased that Brenda has chosen to join the company as we are proceeding with our plans in the US,” company president Erik Heim said. “I also want to thank Thomas A Brigham, who has been assisting us as acting CFO in the start-up and transition phases.”

Finance career

In a press release, Nordic said Chandler, who most recently was responsible for the global corporate real estate programme at ON Semiconductor in South Portland, has had a varied and successful finance career in the technology and paper industries. 

A Maine native with family roots in Belfast – where Nordic is planning a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) salmon farm – and Jonesport, Chandler began her career working for small wood products companies and later joined the Rumford paper mill where she worked in several accounting roles. In 1999 she joined Fairchild Semiconductor and was promoted through several financial leadership positions, culminating in senior director and assistant treasurer. In 2016 Fairchild was sold to ON Semiconductor.

Chandler holds degrees from the University of Maine Augusta and lives on an 18-acre farm with her husband, Tony. Chandler currently serves as board president of Wayfinder Schools and was formerly on the supervisory committee of the Maine Solutions Credit Union.

Maine and California

Nordic Aquafarms grows Yellowtail Kingfish at its Sashimi Royal and Maximus RAS plants in Denmark and is constructing Europe’s largest on-land salmon farm in Fredrikstad in south east Norway.

In January last year Nordic Aquafarms Inc announced plans for a land-based salmon farm in Belfast, Maine, to be built in two to three phases. Construction is due to start this year.

Earlir this month Nordic Aquafarms Inc announced plans to build a land-based fish farm in Humboldt County, California, to serve West Coast markets.