Regional entrenchment and industry-based expertise characterise the board of Salmon Evolution, and will be central to the continued development of the company.
Its common denominator is a belief in producing salmon on land, based on collective knowledge and the choice of the right technology. Drivers for the directors are regional value creation and helping to creating a sustainable seafood nation.
Tore A Tønseth
Tore A Tønseth is vice president investment at Ronja Capital, and has worked in the financial market for more than 15 years. He was previously a share analyst in both SpareBank 1 Markets and Pareto Securities, with a concentration on seafood, technology and industry. In 2013-19, he had principal responsibility for seafood analyses at SpareBank 1 Markets while also being a frequent speaker in Norway on the subjects of seafood, finance and sustainability. Tønseth also has a background from various start-ups, where he has been both product manager and system developer. He holds an MSc in economics and business administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), specialising in finance and econometrics. Ronja Capital is the largest shareholder in Salmon Evolution today, with just under 20 per cent of the shares.
Kristofer Reiten has been CEO of Vikomar AS since 1995. This company is a modern fish processing enterprise specialising in the production, freezing and distribution of pelagic fish. With his experience and knowledge, Reiten wants to help realise a paradigm shift in Norwegian aquaculture by farming and creating a sustainable salmon on land – a salmon which has swum in clear water from the Norwegian coast, a salmon which has been unaffected by lice and had minimal handling during its life cycle.
Peder Stette was 24 years old when he took over the family company Peter Stette AS. He had then completed studies at Ålesund engineering college and officer training in the army’s ordnance regiment. He also worked for a time as an engineer at Midsund Bruk and for the Langsten group. Stette was CEO of Peter Stette, which has been a supplier to the fishing industry since the 1970s, until the merger with Optimar. He is now CTO of the latter.
From an early stage, Stette believed that fishing would become one of Norway’s most automated industries within a few years. He therefore increased his company’s involvement in research and development, in collaboration with customers. As a director of Salmon Evolution he wants to continue this thinking.
Frode Håkon Kjølås is the founder of SeaSide AS, which delivers solutions developed in-house to the aquaculture industry. This company merged in 2016 with Optimar AS, where Kjølås currently has principal responsibility for research and development. He is also co-founder of and a shareholder in Vital Seafood AS, which owns and operates two factories producing oil and meal based on dayfresh raw materials from salmon harvesting. As a director of Salmon Evolution he wants an even stronger exposure to an industry he knows well and has great faith in.
Glen Bradley is chair of Rofisk AS, which owns Rostein AS – one of the world’s leading wellboat companies. Rofisk also owns 13.3 per cent of Salmon Evolution. Bradley has an MA in economics, strategy and international marketing and more than 20 years of experience from the salmon industry. He is currently a vice president at Rostein. As a director and shareholder, Bradley wants to use his experience and great commitment to the salmon industry to help ensure that Salmon Evolution becomes an important company both for the region and for its owners.
Extending The Ocean Potential
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