Los Angeles-based Mexican wild shrimp processor Del Pacifico Seafoods named Jennifer Barrett as its new vice president of sales.

Barrett was vice president of frozen sales at California-based Lee Fish for over six years before joining Del Pacifico.

Prior to that, she worked as import/export sales executive for State Fish and marketing executive at Sysco Foodservice of Ventura, California.

From 2006 to 2010 Barrett held the role of international trade manager/director at Transmex Enterprise in San Diego.

Del Pacifico buys wild shrimp from a network of artisanal fishermen in Mexico who harvest wild shrimp using wind-powered day-boats, a technique that boasts the lowest bycatch and fuel consumption per pound in the world, according to the company.

The company's Fair Trade-certification -- the first for a shrimp fishery in the world --opened market opportunities for the product in the United States, where it is sold by Whole Foods and other leading national supermarket chains, as well as food distributors.

Del Pacifico recently went through a shakeup, when founder and CEO Sergio Castro left the group over a disagreement with some of its shareholders.

Castro told IntraFish that he and the entire US team and the majority of the Mexico team have left the company, including procurement, processing, sales and marketing staff.

Mexico-based investment company GCI is a major shareholder in the company.