Jan-Emil is Head of Benchmark Genetics and joined SalmoBreed – today part of Benchmark Genetics – as Chairman of the Board in 2011 and Managing Director in 2013. Prior to this he has been working 10 years with the Norwegian branded food company Rieber (Toro) and for 15 years in the family-owned company Fossen AS (today Lerøy Fossen AS).
Fossen was one of the pioneers in Norwegian fish farming with special focus on trout and value-added products. During his time with SalmoBreed Jan-Emil has prepared the company for an ownership change. Jan-Emil holds a MSc in Business Administration and Economics as well as University courses in Aquaculture. He lives in Bergen with his wife and 3 children. He enjoys skiing in the winter and water sports and boating in the summer.