Incoming CEO named for Benchmark

Trond Williksen

A new CEO has been announced for Benchmark, the Sheffield-headquartered aquaculture health, nutrition and genetics business.

Trond Williksen, who has held senior executive positions in the aquaculture and seafood industries for over twenty years, officially joins Benchmark on June 1.

Most recently he was CEO of SalMar ASA, the Norwegian fish farm company and one of the world’s largest producers of farmed salmon.

Prior, he was CEO of AKVA group ASA, the leading global aquaculture technology and service provider for six years.

He previously held a number of senior roles in Aker ASA’s Seafoods, Ocean Harvest and BioMarine divisions.

Trond has also held a number of advisory and non-executive director roles in the industry including as Chairman of the Board of The Research Council of Norway, among others.

“I am delighted to welcome Trond to Benchmark. He brings deep, relevant aquaculture expertise and has proven operational, strategic, M&A, and managerial experience spanning both producers and technology providers in the industry,” said Benchmark Chairman, Peter George.

“I am confident that under his leadership and with his industry expertise, Benchmark will emerge from the current more difficult environment to realise its potential to become a profitable leading provider of sustainable solutions to the global aquaculture industry.”

Mr Williksen added: “Benchmark is strategically well positioned within a sustainable  industry that holds vast opportunities and potentials for the future.”