New faces at the top for American Seafoods
American Seafoods has named Einar Gustafsson as CEO, succeeding outgoing CEO Mikel Durham.
“Einar brings proven leadership and exceptional strategic capabilities to American Seafoods in developing and growing global seafood and fresh food businesses,” said Scott Perekslis of American Seafoods Board of Directors and Managing Partner. from Bregal Partners.
“Einar’s track record of success building international brands will be key as he leads American Seafoods through this next chapter of growth.”
As part of the company’s leadership transition, Inge Andreassen, president of American Seafoods Company’s harvesting subsidiary, and with 30 years of leadership at American Seafoods, takes over as chief operating officer and continues as interim CEO until the appointment of Einar Gustafsson takes effect.
“I am very excited to lead American Seafoods, with its impressive heritage and history, into a new era of growth. Wild Alaska pollock and wild-caught Pacific hake present delicious, high-value protein offerings that sustainably feed the world, with high demand and appeal that truly crosses cultures and cultures. palates of consumers around the world,” said Einar Gustafsson.
“It is especially rewarding for me to return to my roots in the seafood industry and join American Seafoods to partner with Inge Andreassen, who will be our President and COO. Inge’s accomplishments and experience spanning over three decades with the company will be instrumental in managing our global operations as we propel the business to new heights.
Einar Gustafsson brings with him a strong track record to American Seafoods, having recently been named CEO for the Americas and Europe for Gong Cha, one of the world’s most recognized bubble tea brands, where he was responsible for building the brand presence in the Americas and supporting its European expansion. Previously, he led Bakkavor Asia for 15 years, directing all aspects of the $2 billion fresh food group’s entry into Asian markets. Previously, he was Vice President and General Manager of American Pride Seafoods (a former division of American Seafoods) after serving as President and CEO of Atlantic Coast Fisheries Corporation.