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Vermaris bolsters its team – Just one year after production started at its facility in Nebraska USA, Veramaris (which produces Omega 3 from marine algae) has announced the appointment of three new members to bolster the team and deliver even further growth for the business.

Alexander Hillmann (pictured) joins as Chief Financial Officer from parent company Evonik. He has worked for the chemicals giant for almost 20 years in a number of different roles in Europe and the USA.

Speaking about the appointment Alexander said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to work for a new company that is really making a difference. I hope the knowledge I bring will help Veramaris grow in the next exciting stage of its development.”

He takes over from Frank Beissmann who has returned to Evonik after three successful years on secondment, as part of the founding team that helped launch Veramaris.

Yann Le Gal takes the brand new role of Retail Manager, Europe. He has a wealth of sales experience from the seafood industry in France having been Sales Director at Mytilimer and Sales Manager at the Marine Harvest Group. He has a deep knowledge of the sector having earned a Diploma in aquaculture from the Groupe Ecole supérieure d’Agriculture d’Angers, followed by a Master’s degree in Aquaculture and Economics from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Yann’s experience will be invaluable as we collaborate with partners across the entire value chain, an approach which has helped us deliver tangible results for them.

Herve Hartmann is becoming General Manger Veramaris LLC, based at our production facility in Blair, Nebraska. A biochemical engineer by training, Herve has a wealth of experience having spent more than twenty years with Veramaris parent company DSM. He spent time in a range of production roles in Germany, the Netherlands and the USA. He is also a linguist, speaking five languages.

Commenting on the team changes Karim Kurmaly, CEO, said: “We have seen significant and exciting growth in the company since opening our facility in Blair a year ago and it’s testament to the hard work of the existing team that we now need to further strengthen our organisation with Alexander, Yann and Herve.

“All of them are occupying different roles within the business but they have in common a wealth of knowledge and experience in their respective fields.”