Volker Kuntzsch is the CEO of New Zealand’s oldest and largest seafood company Sanford. He has had a distinguished international career in the fishing industry spanning 25 years. He was formerly the President of Nippon Suisan (USA), and President and CEO of King & Price Seafood Corp in Brunswick, Georgia, USA. His former roles have also included senior positions with Unilever Europe in Germany and the United Kingdom.
Volker was educated in South Africa, where he gained a Master of Science from the University of Stellenbosch.
Volker’s work at Sanford and his wider work in creating awareness of the need for seafood sustainability was recognised this year when he was awarded the Intrafish Media Person of the Year Award. The judges said of him “few executives have as much experience at high-profile companies and high-profile initiatives as Volker Kuntzsch, and even fewer have left their organizations having changed them for the better.” Volker’s experience also includes development of the Marine Stewardship Council certification of key fisheries and he played a key role in the early accreditation of the New Zealand Hoki fishery.
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