We create long-term value by ensuring good and healthy business practices, reliable reporting, regulatory compliance, and a culture that emphasizes ESG principles and standards.
Atlantic Sapphire ASA is headquartered in Norway and has operations in Denmark and the United States.
Atlantic Sapphire ASA is the parent company of the Atlantic Sapphire group of companies, which includes:
- Atlantic Sapphire Denmark AS registered in Hvide Sande, Denmark
- S.F. Development LLC registered in Miami, FL, USA
- Atlantic Sapphire IP LLC registered in Miami, FL, USA
- Atlantic Sapphire USA LLC registered in Miami, FL USA, which owns 100% of AS Purchasing, LLC, registered in Miami, FL, USA
Atlantic Sapphire is led by aquaculture experts from around the world
Johan Emil Andreassen
Chairman and Co-Founder,
CEO of Atlantic Sapphire USA
Johan Emil Andreassen, Co-Founder of Atlantic Sapphire, has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2010 and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Sapphire USA. Mr. Andreassen has served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to 2012 and from 2017 to 2020. Prior to founding the Company, Mr. Andreassen founded and led Villa Organic, a 30,000 tonnes capacity conventional salmon farming company, which was subsequently sold to Lerøy and SalMar in 2010.
Chief Accounting Officer
Alejandro Castro, a licensed Certified Public Accountant, was Atlantic Sapphire’s Group Controller since 2018. Before joining Atlantic Sapphire, Mr. Castro held CFO and VP of finance positions in high growth international companies. Furthermore, Mr. Castro is ex Deloitte where he worked in Audit and Transaction Advisory roles. Mr. Castro holds a Master in Business Administration from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science & a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida International University.
and Marketing Officer
Prior to joining Atlantic Sapphire, Mr. Claire was the President of Platina Seafood, Inc. Mr. Claire’s experience includes positions in several industries around the world. From 2009 to 2014, he served as Sales/Analyst for South Pacific Specialties in Miami. From 2004 to 2008 he also acted as Vice President of Business Development for Global Outsourcing in Chile. Damien earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from Lander University in South Carolina.
Chief People Officer
Cristina Espejo is the Chief People Officer, responsible for people & culture agenda and the Atlantic Sapphire Academy. She joined Atlantic Sapphire in 2019 as Director of Human Capital and also led the environmental and social plan. Cristina has lived and worked in 4 continents and has held senior global executive roles DNV GL and most recently as Executive Director, People NA in Cosentino. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration by CEU University, Madrid, a M.S. in Sustainability, Postgraduate in HR Management by Universitat de Barcelona, and Executive Leadership Program by INSEAD.
Chief Technology Officer
Thue Holm is the Group’s Chief Technology Officer and a Co-Founder of the Company. Thue has held several leadership positions in Atlantic Sapphire, including Head of Atlantic Sapphire Denmark, and has been a thought leader behind key technological innovations of the Company since 2010. Mr. Holm is a trained environmental biologist from the Roskilde University in Denmark, being fully dedicated as an expert in RAS systems since 2004.
Interim Chief Operating Officer
Bjørn-Vegard Løvik is the CEO of Alsco AS, and co-founder of Atlantic Sapphire. Alsco AS, jointly owned by Mr. Løvik and Mr. Andreassen, is the largest shareholder in the Company. Løvik has significant experience in the salmon farming industry, and the broader seafood industry. Løvik has previously co-founded Villa Organic with Johan Andreassen, a 30,000 tonnes capacity salmon farming company, and led Villa Organic from idea inception to an IPO and strategic exit. Mr. Løvik owns two Norwegian salmon smolt facilities, Hjelvik Settefisk and Saetre Settefisk, with a combined annual capacity of approximately 3 million smolt and post-smolt. Additionally, Mr. Løvik has founded and led Prophylaxia AS, an R&D-focused net pen salmon farming business in Norway. Løvik is a Norwegian citizen residing in Vestnes and Miami.
Karl Øystein Øyehaug
Chief Financing Officer
and Managing Director
Karl Øystein Øyehaug, Chief Financing Officer and Managing Director. Mr. Øyehaug was hired as the Group’s Finance Director in 2018 and was elected as Managing Director of the Company at the time of conversion to public limited liability company in May 2020. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Øyehaug served as Equity Analyst at Carnegie Investment Bank in Oslo, Norway, covering the seafood sector. Mr. Øyehaug holds a degree in economics & business administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and Columbia University in the City of New York.
and Infrastructure Officer
Mr. Taklo joined the Group as Chief Development and Infrastructure Officer on 1 October 2019. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Taklo has held several positions within the Cruise line industry, including most recently as Vice President Marine & Technical with ROW Management (The World, Residences at Sea), and prior to this as Chief Operational Officer and Senior Vice President of Maritime Operations for Hurtigruten from May 2014. He holds a bachelor in Safety and Maintenance from Høgskolesenteret i Vestfold in Norway and completed the Executive Education Program by Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Legal Officer
Danielle Villoch is the Chief Legal Officer, and prior to joining Atlantic Sapphire as Head of Legal in 2020, Ms. Villoch was a senior associate in the Projects and Infrastructure, Latin America, Capital Markets and Global Finance Practice Groups at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York. While at Gibson Dunn, Ms. Villoch focused on infrastructure projects and various types of debt financing, with substantial experience in the U.S. and in Latin America. Danielle is J.D through the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA and completed her B.A. in Politics from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Board of Directors
Our board members ensure Atlantic Sapphire operates with integrity and accountability.
Johan Emil Andreassen
Johan Emil Andreassen is one of the Company’s co-founders and has served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to 2012 and from 2017 to 2020. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2010 and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Sapphire USA. Before the founding of the Company, Mr. Andreassen founded and led Villa Organic, a 30,000 tonnes capacity salmon farming company, which was subsequently sold to Lerøy and SalMar in 2010.
Mr. Andreassen is a Norwegian citizen, currently residing in Miami, Florida, USA.
André Skarbø has served as a Director since 2015. Mr. Skarbø is owner and managing director of Platina Seafood AS, a Norwegian fish distribution company headquartered in Stranda, Norway. Mr. Skarbø has been involved in the salmon processing and sales industry for 30 years.
Mr. Skarbø is a Norwegian citizen, currently residing in Stranda, Norway.
Alexander Reus has served as a Director since 2018. Mr. Reus is the founder and managing partner of DRRT, an international law firm specializing in securities litigation with offices in Miami, London, Frankfurt and Paris. Mr. Reus previously served on the board of director of TotalBank prior to its acquisition by City National Bank of Florida. He holds a B.A. from Gymnasium Karlsbad, a J.D. from University of Heidelberg School of Law, a L.L.M. from University of Miami School of Law and a J.D. from University of Miami School of Law.
Mr. Reus is also a real estate investor. Mr. Reus is a German citizen, currently residing in Miami, Florida, USA.
Runar Vatne has served as a Director since 2019. Mr. Vatne is the principal and owner of Vatne Capital, a family office investing in financial assets and real estate. He has extensive experience from the real estate sector, primarily from Søylen Eiendom, an Oslo based real estate company which he co‐founded in 2004. Prior to Søylen Eiendom, Mr. Vatne was a Partner and stockbroker in Pareto Securities. Mr. Vatne also serves as board member of the listed companies Solon Eiendom ASA, Self Storage Group ASA and Gentian Diagnostics AS.
Mr. Vatne is a Norwegian citizen, currently residing in Oslo, Norway.
Patrice Flanagan has served as a Director since 2019. Ms. Flanagan has more than 35 years of experience in the US seafood industry. Ms. Flanagan worked for Slade Gorton & Co., a US seafood distributor, importer and manufacturer, for over 35 years. She most recently served as the Vice President of Fresh Seafood & Business Development until stepping down in 2019. She holds a degree in business management from Cambridge College.
Ms. Flanagan is a US citizen, currently residing in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Tone Bjørnov is a full-time board member serving on the boards of several public and private companies. Her background is in bank and finance, including having served as an executive with DNB Bank. Ms. Bjørnov holds a business degree from the Norwegian School of Management (BI).
Tone Bjørnov is a Norwegian citizen, currently residing in Oslo, Norway.
Ellen Marie Sætre
Ellen Marie Sætre is an educated veterinary from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (2006) and has since then worked as a consultant towards the fish farming industry in the company Åkerblå AS, with a particular focus on fish health.
Ms. Sætre is a Norwegian citizen, currently residing in Vikebukt, Norway.