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New CEO appointed for GenoMar Genetics Group

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After seven years occupying the role, GenoMar Genetics’ former chief executive Alejandro Tola Alvarez has stepped aside as aquaculture industry veteran Gustavo Bozano is appointed to the role.

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Gustavo Bozano enters his new role with over 30 years of experience in the aquaculture industry

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Gustavo Bozano has been appointed as new chief executive of GenoMar Genetics Group - a tilapia breeding company - and is set to begin his new position on 1 May, 2024.

“We are pleased that Gustavo has accepted the position as CEO of GenoMar,” announced GenoMar board chairperson Odd Magne Rødseth, in a press release from the Group.

“His reputation in the tilapia industry and extensive experience covering the entire tilapia value chain, will play a decisive role in the process of continuous improvement of GenoMar products and services to our customers as well as developing the team’s skills and competences,” he added.

Hailing from Brazil, Bozano has acquired more than 30 years of experience within the aquaculture industry where he has held various technical, managerial and leadership positions. For 19 years, he has been the managing partner at AquaLagus Consultoria e Representação Agropecuária - a company engaged in consultancies regarding operational and economic analysis of biological performance in tilapia production.

Additionally, Bozano has worked as the technical and operations director for Mcassab - a Brazilian tilapia producer - and as commercial and marketing manager for animal feed at InVivo Group - a food and beverage manufacturing company.

“I am very excited about joining GenoMar to further develop its position as the leading tilapia genetics supplier worldwide. I have experienced the value of genetics and efficient distribution of genetic products to be a key contributor to a healthy and profitable tilapia Industry,” said Bozano.

His predecessor, Alejandro Tola Alvarez, who occupied the role for seven years as part of his 18 year long career with the company, has moved to the role of executive director of non-salmonids for Blue Future Holding - a holding company specialising in agriculture and aquaculture.

“On behalf of the board and all the employees, I would like to thank Alejandro for his strong commitment and contribution. He has been the key person leading the company in a period of great innovation and expansion of our tilapia operations in Asia and LATAM,” said Rødseth.

In his new role, Alvarez will support Blue Future Holding’s efforts at identifying, evaluating, and integrating new investment opportunities. He will also support current portfolio companies in their scale-up and growth journeys, including GenoMar where he will be part of the board of directors and continue to perform as director of breeding and research and development.

“I want to thank the board for giving me the opportunity to lead GenoMar for seven years. I feel really proud of our contribution to a more sustainable and profitable global aquaculture through genetics and seed production. Now, I am looking forward to new opportunities within the group," said Alvarez.

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