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February 27, 2019

Nordic Aquafarms hires veteran Maine businesswoman as CFO

Courtesy / Nordic Aquafarms Inc. Brenda Chandler of Auburn has been hired as Nordic Aquafarms Inc.'s full-time CFO. A Maine native, she most recently was responsible for the global corporate real estate program at ON Semiconductor in South Portland.

Nordic Aquafarms Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Nordic Aquafarms, an international leader in land-based aquaculture, has named Brenda Chandler of Auburn as its full-time chief financial officer.

She will start on March 18 and work out of the company’s corporate headquarters at 511 Congress St., in Portland.

“We are very pleased that Brenda has chosen to join the company as we are proceeding with our plans in the U.S.,” Erik Heim, company president, said in a news release. “I also want to thank Thomas A. Brigham, who has been assisting us as acting CFO in the start-up and transition phases.”

Chandler, who most recently was responsible for the global corporate real estate program at ON Semiconductor in South Portland, has had a finance career in the technology and paper industries. She has had experience in treasury, risk management, finance, accounting and most recently corporate real estate.

A Maine native with family roots in Belfast and Jonesport, Chandler began her career working for small wood products companies and later joined the Rumford paper mill, where she worked in several accounting roles. In 1999 she joined Fairchild Semiconductor, where she ultimately became senior director and assistant treasurer. Fairchild was sold to ON Semiconductor in 2016.

Chandler and her husband, Tony, live in Auburn on an 18-acre farm and between them have six children and six grandchildren. The couple also owns the startup WillowsAwake Winery in Leeds, a 67-acre farm and forest turned vineyard and winery.

About Nordic Aquafarms

Nordic Aquafarms is an investor in and developer of land-based aquaculture internationally, with production plants in Norway (Fredrikstad Seafood) and Denmark (Sashimi Royal and Maximus), and two projects under development in the United States. The company is a trailblazer in the land-based fish farming industry with employees in three countries and well-established financial investors. The company has a strong in-house engineering capability that has enabled significant innovation in RAS development.

The company is developing sustainable fish farming practices for the future to deliver super fresh high-quality seafood to regional markets and is committed to a low environmental impact and sustainability in every facet of the business, from setting new standards for clean discharge, to energy efficiency and solar power, to refusing to use GMO or antibiotics in its production.

In January 2018, Nordic Aquafarms Inc., the company’s U.S. subsidiary, announced plans for a land-based salmon farm on the Atlantic Coast in Belfast, Maine, to be built in two to three phases. Phase 1 construction — an estimated $150 million investment involving a facility with a capacity of some 16,000 tons and the creation of 60 jobs — is expected to start in 2019, with operations commencing in 2020.

This February, Nordic Aquafarms Inc. announced plans to build a land-based fish farm in Humboldt County, Calif., near Eureka, to serve West Coast markets. 

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