New Senior Executive Appointed to High Liner Foods23 September 2013
CANADA - Keith Decker has been appointed to the newly created executive position of President and Chief Operating Officer of High Liner Foods.
In this position, Mr Decker will assume responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Company from Mr Demone.
Mr Demone will remain in his role as CEO of High Liner Foods and continue to focus on strategy and growth opportunities. These changes are effective immediately.
Mr Decker has been the President and COO of High Liner Foods (USA) Incorporated since March 2008, responsible for the overall performance of High Liner Foods' US operations, and during his tenure, also led the integration of three acquisitions into the US operations.
Mr Decker was previously President and COO at Fishery Products International ("FPI") and joined High Liner Foods through its acquisition of FPI's North American value-added food service and retail frozen seafood businesses in 2007.
"Keith has successfully led our US operations through a phase of growth previously unprecedented at High Liner Foods. We were extremely fortunate to have him join our team through the FPI acquisition and have benefited greatly from his extensive experience and expertise with the seafood business," said Mr Demone.
"I am confident in Keith's ability to assume this new role and to help lead the organization towards its vision to become the leading frozen seafood supplier in North America," added Mr Demone.
Since 2007, High Liner Foods has made three significant acquisitions and grown its revenue from $256 million in 2007 to $943 million in 2012. Adjusted Net Income has increased by $31 million, from $7.1 million to $38.1 million, over the same time period. Today, High Liner Foods has a market capitalization of approximately $544 million and is the leading North American value-added frozen seafood company.
Keith Decker has over 25 years of experience in the seafood industry and worked in sales for several different seafood companies, before being recruited in 1995 to Clouston Foods, after it was acquired by FPI. During the next eleven years, Mr Decker was given increasing levels of responsibility within FPI and in early 2006 was promoted to Executive VP of Sales & Marketing, before being named FPI's President and COO in March 2007. Mr. Decker graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science (Business Major).
Mr Decker will retain the duties of his former position as President and COO for High Liner Foods (USA) Incorporated until a successor is named. In his new role, Mr Decker will continue to report to Mr Demone.
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