Jason Hagen, protein procurement manager for US seafood restaurant chain Red Lobster, has left the role to serve as a procurement officer for the Glynn County Board of Commissioners in Brunswick, Georgia.
Hagen left his role at Red Lobster in August after about one year with the group.
Hagen worked nearly 13 years at King & Prince Seafood in a range of roles, starting as a fish and surimi raw material buyer in 2010. He later stepped up to the role of procurement manager.
Hagen's departure is just one of several at Red Lobster in the past year. US-based e-commerce seafood retail brand Wild Alaskan Company hired former Red Lobster purchaser Jennifer Keith as its director of procurement recently. Keith left the restaurant chain in 2019, along with Skip Frisz, who served as director of protein procurement at Red Lobster for 25 years with former Red Lobster parent Darden and five years with Red Lobster.
Red Lobster, which has struggled during the US lockdowns from the COVID-19 pandemic, is now being sold by private equity group Golden Gate Capital to a consortium of investors led by Thai Union Group.