BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans, which proposes to build a land-based salmon farm on the former Verso mill site, announced Wednesday that Eric Jacobsson has joined the company as chief financial officer.
Jacobsson has over 30 years of experience in finance, most recently serving as senior director of finance for Pentair Water.
Pentair Water is a division of Pentair, which bills itself as “a global leader in smart water solutions.” Pentair’s 2017 revenues totaled $2.6 billion.
“It is an honor to be joining Whole Oceans at this pivotal time in the emergence of land-based recirculating aquaculture systems in the United States,” Jacobsson said. “Whole Oceans has laid the groundwork to make a substantial impact in the aquaculture industry.”
“The economics of Atlantic salmon globally and in the United States point to a significant need for increased production,” Jacobsson said. “I am proud to play a leadership role in the growth of sustainable salmon production in Maine.”
The company announced the addition of Joe McElwee as chief production officer earlier this month and Jason Mitchell as chief operating officer in June.
Jacobsson represents the fourth major hire in 45 days for Portland-based Whole Oceans.
“The addition of Eric, who played a key role in his 10 years with Pentair growing revenues from $300 million to nearly $3 billion, is a key strategic hire,” said Whole Oceans Chief Executive Officer Rob Piasio.
“From the very beginning we have focused on building a world class management team to execute on our goal of capturing 10 percent of the U.S. salmon market,” Piasio said. “Eric is a proven senior finance executive and representative of the caliber of talent we are able to attract in a highly competitive industry within a historically tight labor market.”
Whole Oceans announced the acquisition of a majority of the former Verso mill site in Bucksport in February 2018. Since that time the company has worked closely with the stakeholder-base of the Penobscot watershed, the Maine regulatory community and the town of Bucksport.
On July 10, the Bucksport Planning Board voted to approve the subdivision of the former mill site.