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Geir Olav Melingen appointed as new commercial director of Benchmark Genetics

Geir Olav Melingen appointed as new commercial director of Benchmark Genetics. Currently he is a CEO of Bergen Aquarium, a well known institution in Bergen, Norway. Geir Olav has extensive experience in the aquaculture industry through various positions at MSD, SalmoBreed and Fishguard. He has also been working as a teacher of aquaculture at Austevoll and as journalist in the aquaculture magazine Norsk Fiskeoppdrett.

Geir Olav holds an MSc in Fish Health and a PhD from Bergen University on the interactions between the immune system and physiological development of Atlantic salmon. He has a long and profound knowledge of the aquaculture industry in general, and also detailed knowledge of breeding and genetics through his previous position as sales manager at SalmoBreed in Norway.

Starting date will be finalised in due course.

“We look forward to having Geir Olav back in SalmoBreed and Benchmark Genetics, and we are happy that he has accepted the new position in our management team”, says the head of genetics division Jan-Emil Johannessen. “We are about to finish construction of our new broodstock facility at Salten, Norway, and have just started a JV with Aqua Chile on breeding and broodstock production in Chile, so we have lots of exciting work going forward in a company in strong growth”.

Geir Olav Melingen

New commercial director of Benchmark Genetics, Geir Olav Melingen

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