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There has been an organisational change in Marine Harvest Group management after Marit Solberg, COO Farming Canada, Scotland, Ireland and the Faroes, has decided to retire effective 1 November 2018. For more than three decades Marit Solberg has served in several key roles in Marine Harvest, and the company said it would like to thank her for her extensive contributions through all these years.

Following Marit Solberg’s retirement Marine Harvest has decided to return to its original management team structure of having one COO Farming position with global responsibility.

Per-Roar Gjerde has been appointed new COO Farming for all farming operations. Per-Roar Gjerde has been COO Farming for Norway and Chile since 1 January 2017.

Per-Roar 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 Per-Roar 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 Group management team, effective 1 November 2018, is 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