Outgoing Bord Iascaigh Mhára CEO, Jason Whooley will be the CEO of Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland (BII).
The new plant in Killybegs in intended to be the world’s largest bio-marine ingredients facility.
It is expected that the project will create up to 50 jobs during construction and a further 70 direct and indirect jobs when it goes into full production in 2016.
Announcing the appointment, BII chairman Martin Howley said that that everyone associated with the innovative and exciting new project was delighted to have attracted somebody of the calibre and experience of Mr Whooley to lead the €35million project.
“We launched our plans for Killybegs last month and intend BII to position Ireland as a global leader in marine ingredients.
“With somebody of the vision and commitment of Jason Whooley at the helm, we are very well positioned to take advantage of the new high-value opportunities which exist for seafood and the increased demand for foodstuffs high in healthy content.
“Jason has been responsible for significant changes in BIM in his seven years as CEO and has made a very valuable contribution to the development of the Irish seafood sector.
“His enthusiasm and knowledge of the sector makes him an excellent appointment for Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland and we are very excited about having him lead our team from the outset,” said Mr Howley.
Jason Whooley has been Chief Executive Officer of Bord Iascaigh Mhára since 2007. He has an extensive knowledge of the fishing industry having spent over a decade as CEO of the Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and HDip in Food Marketing from University College Cork. He is a member of the High Level Implementation Committee for Food Harvest 2020 which is chaired by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and oversees the implementation of Government policy for the food sector.
Mr Whooley will take up his new position in September.