IFFO names president, vice president for 2022-23

New board took effect on January 1

The Marine Ingredients Organisation (IFFO) has held elections for its new management board, effective January 1.

IFFO’s new president is former vice president Gonzalo de Romaña and its new vice president is Egil Magne Haugstad.

de Romaña is the CEO of Peruvian fishmeal and fish oil producer Tecnológica de Alimentos (TASA). He has been a member of the IFFO Board of Directors since 2018.

After his appointment, he said: “I am delighted to carry on the work with IFFO, The Marine Ingredients Organisation, engaging with the whole marine ingredients value chain, supporting our members while addressing important topics, such as climate change, nutrition and responsible sourcing. More than ever, I am convinced that marine ingredients hold the key to an improved food production system, providing the most nutritious protein with a low carbon footprint.”

Haugstad is the CEO of Pelagia AS. Pelagia’s head office is in Norway with factories concentrated on North Atlantic. The fishmeal and -oil factories are in Norway, England, Scotland and Ireland. Pelagia is also the largest producer of Pelagic Seafood globally and high-quality omega-3 concentrates in Norway. Pelagia runs the biggest fleet of vessels collecting byproducts categories 3 and 2 from the salmon industry.

“Having been an IFFO Board member for two years, I hope I can contribute to the development of IFFO being an organization supporting its members’ production of sustainable marine ingredients,” Haugstad said.

The remainder of IFFO’s board includes Adriana Giudice, Walter Martinez, Nick Sterrett, Mohammed Shawkath Showry, Johannes Palsson, Andrè du Preez and José Miguel Tirado.