Mr Landsburgh joined the food sector in 1984 when he became Director, and then Managing Director, of a retail food business. He was Chief Executive of the Scottish Grocers’ Federation between 2000 - 2005, the trade association for the convenience store sector, before establishing his own business development consultancy, working closely with Scottish Enterprise.
Mr Landsburgh will now direct the activities of SSPO through an evolving planning structure and a new legislative framework. His appointment is effective Monday 22nd September.
He said: “As aquaculture is now the fastest growing sector in the global production of food, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help build on the social, economic and environmental performance of the Scottish salmon industry.
“This is a particularly opportune moment to be joining the industry, with the Scottish Government’s Food and Drink Policy and Marine Bill under review,” he added.
Professor Phil Thomas, Chairman of SSPO, said: “I am delighted to welcome Scott Landsburgh to the salmon industry at this exciting and challenging time. His twenty-five years experience in the food and drink sectors will be extremely valuable.
“This experience, and his enthusiasm for the new role, will be key to building positive relationships with a range of stakeholders and will greatly enhance the focus on delivering sustainability and competitiveness,” he added.
Widely experienced in public affairs, marketing and licensing, Mr Landsburgh has been a member of several political working groups tasked with shaping new regulation. During his time with the Scottish Grocers’ Federation, he served as an executive member of the Wines & Spirits Committee of the British Retail Consortium, as Chairman of Scottish Retailers’ Licensing Law Reform Group and as a Director of Skillsmart Retail, the authority for retail skills development and promotion.