Scotland’s largest salmon aquaculture firm has confirmed the appointment of Meritxell Diez-Padrisa as Production Director, starting February. Diez-Padrisa replaces outgoing director Gideon Pringle. 

Meritxell Diez-Padrisa

After a thorough recruitment process of qualified internal and external persons, the company is pleased to have awarded the position to an internal candidate. Ms Diez-Padrisa (DVM), has been employed with the company since 2011 and has worked as Head of Fish Health since 2017, with a break in ’15-16 when she held the position of Head of Fish Health for Grupo Culmarex.

The position reports to Chief Operating Officer Farming Scotland & Ireland, Ben Hadfield. 

Speaking on the appointment, Mr. Hadfield states: “Meritxell will lead a strong and refreshed farming team, and will enhance our production capabilities by leveraging her vast fish health and welfare experience.”

Changes to the company’s mid-management positions are already underway, to further support the recently announced changes to Mowi’s organisational structure and its Group Management Team that sees increased focus on its farming activities to improve biological results. 

“I am looking forward to bringing my expertise and focus to this role, to better improve our farming results,” says Diez-Padrisa. “We have been very candid about the challenges we face growing salmon in their natural and wild environment, and I am pleased to know, very well, the highly-skilled team of experts that will be working with me.”

Diez-Padrisa earned a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (Licenciado en Veterinaria) from the University of Barcelona (2008) and Masters in Aquatic Veterinary Studies from the University of Stirling (2009).