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BioMar has announced that its general manager for Ecuador, Danny Velez, will retire from the role as of 31 May 2024, with the role being assumed by BioMar Ecuador’s current finance director, Andres Rivadulla.

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A changing of the guard

Danny Velez (L) will step down at the end of May, 2024, as Andres Rivadulla (R) will assume the role of general manager © BioMar

BioMar - a global aquafeed supplier - recently announced that the general manager of BioMar Ecuador, Danny Velez, has decided to retire as of the end of May, 2024, following a long career in the aquafeed industry. BioMar Ecuador’s current finance director, Andres Rivadulla, is set to take over the role following the departure of Velez.

Danny Velez began his long career in the aquafeeds industry with Alimentsa in 1991, as operations manager, and in 1993 he was appointed vice general manager. When BioMar Group acquired Alimentsa in 2017 Velez became the first general manager of BioMar Ecuador. He successfully took the company through the transition from a family-owned local business to becoming a part of a leading multinational feed company.

“Under the leadership of Danny Velez, we have seen our operation in Ecuador go through a tremendous growth process. He is passing on a company in excellent shape despite the difficult environment for both our staff and customers with national security challenges, continued power cuts that interrupt production, and low shrimp prices,” said Henrik Aarestrup, LATAM vice president of shrimp and hatchery at BioMar, in a press announcement.

As Velez steps down, the role of general manager for Ecuador will be assumed by Andres Rivdadulla, the company’s current finance director. Rivadulla joined BioMar Ecuador from the well-known French supplier of plastic pens and lighters, Bic, in 2018, and has since contributed to the success of BioMar Ecuador in recent years.

“Andres has, as finance director, demonstrated great skill and overview, and in the last couple of years he has taken on a role beyond the original scope of his position. This leaves me confident that he will be able to lead the continued development of BioMar Ecuador,” said Aarestrup.

Following his retirement, Velez will maintain a role as special counselor to BioMar Ecuador and the Board of Directors of BioMar Ecuador.

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