Diez-Padrisa has worked at Scotland’s largest salmon farming company since 2011 other than a stint as head of fish health for Cooke Aquaculture-owned seabass and sea bream producer Grupo Culmarex in Spain in 2015-2016. Since 2017 she has worked as Mowi Scotland’s head of fish health.
The position reports to chief operating officer farming Scotland & Ireland, Ben Hadfield.
Speaking on the appointment, Hadfield states: “Meritxell will lead a strong and refreshed farming team, and will enhance our production capabilities by leveraging her vast fish health and welfare experience.”
Changes to the company’s mid-management positions are already underway, to further support the recently announced changes to Mowi’s organisational structure and its group management team that sees increased focus on its farming activities to improve biological results.
“I am looking forward to bringing my expertise and focus to this role, to better improve our farming results,” says Diez-Padrisa. “We have been very candid about the challenges we face growing salmon in their natural and wild environment, and I am pleased to know, very well, the highly-skilled team of experts that will be working with me.”
Diez-Padrisa earned a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (Licenciado en Veterinaria) from the University of Barcelona (2008) and Masters in Aquatic Veterinary Studies from the University of Stirling (2009).