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MSC Steps Up Staff


US - The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has announced the replacement hiring of two senior leaders and the promotion of a current team member, in a bid to bring the Americas team back up to full staff to meet the growing interest and participation in the MSC's certified programme for seafood sustainability.

Mike DeCesare has been named Communications Director, Geoff Bolan has been appointed Commercial Director and Mark MacPherson, who has served as Commercial Manager since 2008, has been promoted to Senior Commercial Manager.

Kerry Coughlin, Regional Director of the MSC said: “I’m pleased to have Mark stepping up in this way, and excited to have filled the key director vacancies with two highly skilled and experienced people, both of whom were attracted to MSC by our mission and the opportunity to significantly expand program participation and partnerships to make an even greater difference in the health and abundance of the world’s oceans.”

Mike DeCesare joins MSC after more than six years working in Washington, DC, most recently serving as Chief of Staff and Communications Director for a senior Member of the US House of Representatives.

In that role Mike managed a global communications strategy that frequently meant interaction with key media across the U.S. and overseas. Before working in Congress, Mike worked throughout Asia Pacific for major US corporate clients in software, aerospace and consumer products. He also managed a regional office for The Rockey Company, now Rockey Hill & Knowlton.

Geoff Bolan comes to MSC with over 20 years experience launching and growing enterprises in the for-profit and non-profit sectors worldwide. He has held executive and leadership roles with TravelCLICK, McDonalds, iExplore, and Conservation International. In these positions he has managed projects and teams in a range of fields including environmental conservation, clean technology, online travel and hospitality, food, and strategy consulting; and worked closely with large international brands , as well as small entrepreneurs and communities.

Since early 2008 when he joined MSC as Commercial Manager, Mark MacPherson has focused on outreach and program support, working with commercial partners in the areas of strategic planning, account oversight and management. In his new role as senior commercial manager, Mark will continue to handle outreach and program support for major processors, distributors, retailers and foodservice operators, while assisting Geoff with overall planning and oversight of the commercial team.