Bob Desautel, CEO of Alaska pollock harvester Global Seas, has been named the chairman of the board of the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) for a second year in a row.
Desautel "was pivotal in securing the increased industry investment in GAPP four years ago and has driven increased accountability in driving against GAPP’s mission to build awareness and demand," the organization said Monday.
He has also "driven increased accountability in driving against GAPP’s mission to build awareness and demand for wild Alaska pollock and a continued focus on return-on-investment for GAPP’s membership."
In 2021, he replaced former American Seafoods CEO Mikel Durham.
Desautel was unanimously approved as chair by the GAPP board, which has representatives from each sector of the Alaska pollock fishery.
In 1994, Desautel co-founded Nina Fisheries, then in 2001, co-founded Global Seas, a major Alaska pollock vessel management company.
Desautel expanded Global Seas' business operations on the East Coast as co-owner of the seafood processing company Norpel.
Arctic Storm President and CEO Doug Christensen will continue to serve as the organization’s vice-chair/secretary and treasurer for the coming year as well.