New CEO for tilapia ge­net­ics firm

Fish Farmer - - News -

GENOMAR Ge­net­ics, which spe­cialises in the tilapia in­dus­try, has ap­pointed Ale­jan­dro Tola Al­varez as its CEO.

Al­varez, who took up his new role on June 1, will be re­spon­si­ble for in­no­va­tion, op­er­a­tions and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment within the com­pany, which is part of the EW Group.

He has been part of the Genomar group since 2006, based in South-East Asia as chief op­er­a­tional of­fi­cer and in Nor­way as chief tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer.

‘We were very pleased to find a highly qual­i­fied in­ter­nal can­di­date for the CEO po­si­tion,’ said chair­man Odd Magne Rød­seth.

‘Ale­jan­dro has played a ma­jor role in both R&D and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment of the most rep­utable and pro­fes­sional ge­netic brands in global tilapia aqua­cul­ture.

‘He comes with a deep un­der­stand­ing of the tilapia op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ments and the op­por­tu­ni­ties of mod­ern breed­ing tech­nolo­gies, such as ge­nomics, to im­prove eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance of the in­dus­try.’

Al­varez is a qual­i­fied vet and has mas­ters de­grees in aqua­cul­ture and busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion.

GenoMar Ge­net­ics, based in Oslo with its main oper­a­tion in Lu­zon, Philip­pines, has de­vel­oped the Genomar Supreme Tilapia strain (GST) through more than 25 years of se­lec­tive breed­ing.

Above: Tola Al­varez

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