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New Kailis and France chief

SEAFOOD specialist manufacturer and processor Kailis & France Foods has chosen a new chief executive officer, believed to be a national senior logistics executive.

Kailis & France group chairman Theo Kailis would not elaborate on the new appointment, but said the company would be making an announcement on October 14.

He said David Clapin would remain the company’s chief executive until then, and would continue to have input into the company’s direction.

Last month Mr Clapin purchased Anchor Foods from Goodman Fielder, and is now Anchor Foods’ new managing director.

The change at the top of the Kailis & France company – part of the group which encompasses both Lobster Australia and Austral Fisheries – comes amid significant executive change within the State’s seafood industry.

Lobster Australia general manager Peter Fraser has staked a claim for his company as WA’s largest live shipper, but smaller lobster seafood exporter Cervantes Seafood last month announced a $1.75 million IPO.

Subiaco-based Cervantes Seafood has its eyes on a larger presence in WA, and is reviewing acquisition opportunities.

Cervantes Seafood chairman Barry MacKinnon said the company was also investigating diversification opportunities, and planned to be WA’s first company to supply steam-cooked lobster to markets such as Japan and Taiwan.

Bluewave Seafood, the former Fremantle Fishermen’s Co-Operative Society, appointed former company secretary Rob Rose as chief executive mid-year, following Glen Bosman’s departure after a six-year reign.

Now the group is asking seven directors to stand down and re-nominate for just four positions.

The successful appointees will join new members, Marlows executive chairman Ray Della-Polina, and former Bains Harding head Alan Tough.

Current chairman Vito Paparella may not be a part of the revamped team, indicating he had not made a firm decision yet.

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