The Chairman of Australia’s Oyster Coast Ltd, David Trebeck, has announced the appointment of Mark Allsopp as the company’s Chief Executive Officer.
Commencing on 30 May, Mark will take overall responsibility for the company’s development, operating from Batemans Bay.
Mark is currently CEO of M&J Seafood Pty Ltd, an oyster farmer cooperative in Port Lincoln which exports oysters to Asia and beyond, as well as supplying domestic market outlets. He also is food industry development manager with Australia’s Seafood Frontier, the regional tourism and development organisation in Port Lincoln.
With a first class honours degree in science, a degree in aquaculture and a masters degree in agribusiness, Mark has worked his whole professional life in the seafood industry – in Western Australia, New Zealand and South Australia. He has worked at general manager level and in start-up roles with Cloudy Bay Seafood, Kiwa Oysters and Westralian Seafood Distributors, and with oysters, lobsters, mussels, abalone and clams. His knowledge of export markets for these products is strong, and he maintains an extensive contact network across the domestic seafood sector.
This appointment follows the recent announcement of Craig Smith as the company’s Australian Operations Manager with responsibility to target selective domestic opportunities, as a complement to its principal export focus. Apart from there being many opportunities in the domestic market where oysters from Australia’s Oyster Coast are not presently supplied, having a strong domestic and brand presence is vital to underpinning export success in Asia, a fact that has been repeatedly emphasised during export marketing visits. Craig brings a wealth of experience in senior management and wholesale and retail sales to the role.
Commenting on the appointments, David Trebeck said he was delighted the company had been able to attract people of the calibre and experience of Mark Allsopp and Craig Smith. They would add considerable horsepower to the company’s marketing efforts and effectiveness, consolidate relationships with the company’s grower shareholders, and strengthen the company’s presence in the region.