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8 January 2019

New commercial director of Benchmark Genetics

Benchmark is pleased to announce the appointment of Geir Olav Melingen, who joined the Company on 2nd January 2019 as commercial director of Benchmark Genetics.

Geir Olav holds an MSc in Fish Health and a PhD from Bergen University on the interactions between the immune system and the physiological development of Atlantic salmon.

Geir Olav joins Benchmark from Bergen Aquarium, a well-known institution in Norway where he was CEO. He has extensive experience in the aquaculture industry, having held positions at MSD, SalmoBreed and Fishguard.

He has also worked as a teacher of Aquaculture at Austevoll and as a journalist for the aquaculture magazine, Norsk Fiskeoppdrett.

Jan-Emil Johannessen, Head of Benchmark Genetics commented:

“We are delighted to welcome Geir Olav back to Benchmark Genetics.  He has a detailed knowledge of fish breeding and genetics and joins us at an exciting time:  Construction of our new broodstock facility at Salten, Norway has just been completed; and we have recently embarked upon a Joint Venture with AquaChile to produce broodstock salmon and salmon eggs.

“We know he will contribute a great deal to our future growth and success as a new member of our management team.”