Fish feed expert swaps Cargill role for top IFFO post

By Jane Byrne

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© GettyImages/patpitchaya
© GettyImages/patpitchaya
The Marine Ingredients Organization, the IFFO, says former Cargill aqua feed executive, Petter Martin Johannessen, is its new director general. He will replace the incumbent, Andrew Mallison.

Johannessen will begin his new role on September 3, and he will be based at IFFO’s London headquarters. 

New IFFO Director General - Petter Martin Johannessen
New IFFO Director General - Petter Martin Johannessen

Prior to taking on this position, he was global business director for risk and management sourcing at Cargill Aqua Nutrition and, before that, he was supply chain director and global sourcing and purchasing lead at EWOS Group.

Johannessen has also worked at PWC and Kavli Holding. He holds a diploma in international marketing and a degree in business administration from the Norwegian School of Management. He has also studied petroleum economy, economics and science at the University of Bergen.

He said he wants to continue the work of Andrew Mallison, focusing on IFFO’s “evidence based approach in communicating the vital importance of marine ingredients and the responsible practices of the industry.” 

GAA role for Mallison

Mallison, though, will still retain a high level role in terms of oversight of the aquaculture sector. The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in February this year that he is joining the association as executive director, as Wally Stevens, who has been in the role since 2007, steps aside to focus on other strategic ventures within the organization.

The GAA highlighted that during Mallison’s tenure at IFFO, the IFFO Responsible Supply (RS) standard for producers of fishmeal and fish oil has grown from its first certification in 2010 to 134 sites in 17 countries, which represents more than 40% of the global production of fishmeal and fish oil. 

IFFO RS is now incorporated and governed independently to provide a credible and accessible standard for the industry, said the GAA.

Mallison has a lifetime career in seafood. Before joining IFFO’s leadership team in 2011, he was director of standards and licensing for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) from 2009 to 2011 and was global sourcing manager for seafood at UK retailer, Marks & Spencer, from 1996 to 2009. He has also worked as technical manager for Maple Leaf Foods and as technical director for Premier Foods (UK) Ltd.

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