Seafood Industry CEO resigns

Published: Wed 23 Dec 2009 01:51 PM
Seafood Industry CEO resigns
23 December 2009
Owen Symmans, chief executive of the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council today announced he will be resigning from the position early in 2010. Mr Symmans will be dedicating more time to other business interests and after seven exciting and eventful years in the role, is ready to move on.
“This is a vibrant, economically valuable and innovative industry. It has been a privilege to work with and for the people who make considered and careful use of New Zealand’s seafood resource.”
Mr Symmans said the role has been enjoyable and challenging, and he had gained great satisfaction from leading a dedicated team who achieved a considerable amount for the industry.
Dave Sharp, the chairman of the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council said that Mr Symmans would be greatly missed by the seafood industry.
“He has been an extremely dedicated and professional advocate for our industry, bringing an extensive knowledge of New Zealand ’s primary sector to the role. On behalf of the board, I heartily thank Owen for his contribution over the past seven years. I also wish to record my appreciation of his offer to stay on as chief executive until we are able to appoint a replacement. An offer gratefully accepted by the board and one which exemplifies his professional approach. I will certainly miss working with him.”
The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council will commence the process of appointing a new chief executive in the new year.
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