Richard Beesley joins OTAQ as chief commercial officer. Photo: OTAQ.

New commerce chief for seal scarer maker OTAQ

OTAQ Group – which makes the SealFence predator deterrent used in fish farming – has announced the appointment of Richard Beesley as chief commercial officer responsible for delivering the group’s commercial development plans across its core markets of aquaculture and offshore.

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The group said Beesley had more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles within offshore energy and marine markets, where he focused on engineered protection solutions for high value equipment operating in harsh environments.

OTAQ chief executive Phil Newby said: “Richard’s appointment as CCO comes at a key time for our business. We are expanding our presence in the growing global aquaculture and offshore markets by offering unique marine technologies and required an experienced, high performing individual to help drive our plans forward. With Richard’s demonstrated success of global business growth initiatives in offshore markets, he fits nicely into our senior team, and we are very pleased to have him onboard.”

Beesley will be based at OTAQ Group’s Lancaster office and will work closely with the group’s other sites in Aberdeen, Ulverston, Carnforth and Chile.