Longtime Peter Pan Seafood executive Barry Collier is stepping down as chief executive officer and transitioning into a senior advisory role with the company’s ownership group, the company confirmed this week.
The move was hailed by Rodger May, president and chief growth officer of Peter Pan, who noted that Collier, who has spent 33 years with Peter Pan, played a key role during ownership transition earlier this year. “We’re glad to have his trusted voice in his new role on our senior advisory board,” said May.
The company also announced on March 30 the addition of Mark Foster, Steve Minor and Jonathan Thorpe to the management team of the Bellevue, Wash.-based seafood company, with a focus on value-added sales channels.
The ownership group of Peter Pan is comprised of May, of Northwest Fish, the Na’Nuk Investment Fund LP managed by McKinley Capital Management LLC, and the RRG Global Partners Fund, managed by RRG Capital Management. The new management was finalized following the acquisition of Peter Pan Seafood on Dec. 31, 2020.
Foster, whose past senior roles include working with Alaska Communications Systems, is the company’s new chief financial officer. He’ll be working along with Steve Minor, who will serve as the manager of business development, exploring the potential development of new resources, community development and more.
Much of Minor’s career has been focused on development and protection of Alaska’s state and federal marine resources and coastal communities, management of commercial fishing assets and science-based, sustainable management of marine resources.
Thorpe, also a veteran of the seafood industry, hails from a multi-generational Cook Inlet set-net family. He will work on investments, strategically aligned partnerships and developing downstream products and customers. His past industry positions include serving as chief financial officer and chief investment and strategy officer for Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association.