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GAA names new board members

John Peppel of Cargill, Inc.; Erwin Sutanto of P.T. Central Proteinaprima, Tbk. and Antonio Piňo Gomez-Lince of Promarisco, S.A. join Global Aquaculture Alliance board

March 11, 2008

GAA names new board members
 
The Global Aquaculture Alliance, a leading global standards setter for aquaculture seafood, has named three new directors to its 12-member board. Joining the board are John Peppel of Cargill, Inc.; Erwin Sutanto of P.T. Central Proteinaprima, Tbk. and Antonio Piňo Gomez-Lince of Promarisco, S.A. 

Peppel, a senior vice president for animal nutrition at Cargill, replaces Cargill’s Manuel Santana, a longtime board member of GAA who has resigned.

Sutanto is operations director of C.P. Indonesia, one of the largest shrimp operations in the world. He fills an open seat on the board.

Piňo is the general manager of Promarisco, an international supplier of shrimp. Piňo replaces longtime GAA board member Peder Jacobson, who in addition to serving on GAA’s executive committee, served on the GAA board since its inception in 1996.

In addition, longtime board member Rick Martin was appointed to the group’s executive committee. Martin, a 40-year veteran of the seafood industry, is executive director of the Red Chamber Group, the largest producer and importer of shrimp from facilities certified as adhering to GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices standards. He is also the president of Gourmet Fisheries and Meridian Seafoods, which Martin founded in 1976 and built into successful enterprises. 

According to George Chamberlain, GAA’s co-founder and president, the addition of the new members to the board and executive committee strengthens an already stellar board of directors. 

“We are pleased that these individuals, who are leaders in their professions, have accepted our invitation to help guide our organization over the next several years,” Chamberlain said. “At the same time, we are grateful for the incredible leadership that Peder Jacobson has shown from the very beginning to where we are today.

“Our position as the global standards setter for aquaculture is due, in large part, to the commitment of people like Peder. While we will miss him on the GAA board, at the same time, we will be honored to work with him as he focuses his attention on the work of the Aquaculture Certification Council.”

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