American Seafoods CEO Bernt Bodal on Thursday told IntraFish he will be stepping down from his executive role, to be replaced by longtime food industry executive Mikel Durham.

Bodal, who has held executive leadership roles at the group since 1991 and the CEO position since the 2000 buyout of American from Norwegian owners, will remain chairman of the group, focusing on strategy and cultivating key client and lending relationships. He said he has no plans to get into any new seafood ventures after he steps down.

The search for American's new CEO took about eight months, Paul McGill of Bregal Partners, a part owner of American, told IntraFish.