Mikel brings a strong track record of operational excellence and growth leadership to American Seafoods Group. Her background in branded consumer packaged goods and a deep understanding of the foodservice industry will enhance our ability to serve our customers as they navigate changing demands from their customers. With substantial international experience, she will provide insight across our global markets.
Mikel began her career in 1985 with management consulting firm Bain & Company, where she served in several roles working in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Russia. In 1994, she joined PepsiCo in the U.S., where she was promoted to vice president and general manager of the company’s south European and north African restaurant operations. Subsequently, she served as a managing director of Guinness, as president of Burger King North America; and as president of global supply for Cadbury Schweppes.
In 2009 she returned to PepsiCo where she progressed, finally serving as global growth officer for PepsiCo Foodservice. Her most recent role was the global chief commercial officer of the private equity backed CSM Bakery Solutions, a global bakery supply manufacturer.
Mikel also serves on the Board of Tyson Foods, Inc.
Kevin McMenimen joined American Seafoods Group as Chief Financial Officer in November, 2017. Throughout his career, Kevin has distinguished himself with a proven track record of partnering with operations, sales, and manufacturing to deliver great financial results.
After finishing his service as an aircraft mechanic in the United States Air Force and the Minnesota Air National Guard, Kevin’s experience has ranged from working for multinational corporations Pillsbury and General Mills to smaller entrepreneurial, private-equity owned food businesses such as Michael Foods and Flagstone Foods—the latter a $700 million producer of healthy snacks, dried fruits, and nuts that was acquired by Tree House Foods during his tenure as CFO. Most recently, Kevin served as CFO of Performance Optics, a global manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses.
Inge Andreassen has been the President of American Seafoods Company LLC since 2005 and oversees all aspects of the harvesting company’s activities. His in-depth knowledge of at-sea production and expert administrative, management, and leadership skills make him one of the most highly regarded and uniquely qualified operations executives in the industry today. From 1996 to 2005, Mr. Andreassen served as Vice President of Operations of American Seafoods Company LLC and its predecessor company where he oversaw the seafood production and logistics for up to fifteen factory trawlers operating in the Bering Sea and off the coasts of Washington and Oregon. From 1995 to 1996, Mr. Andreassen was the Director of Operation managing purchasing, in-port vessel management and production. Prior to 1995, Mr. Andreassen spent 12 years working as a fisherman aboard factory trawlers in Norway and the Bering Sea and held positions from deckhand to factory manager where he supervised up to 150 workers and managed all aspects of seafood processing, quality control, freezing, storing, and shipping operations, as well as factory maintenance.
Matthew Latimer has been the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of American Seafoods since August 2004 and has played in integral part in devising and implementing the Company’s sophisticated corporate, tax, and financing structure. In addition to his role in advising the Board of Directors on strategic corporate issues and transactions, Mr. Latimer also oversees the legal aspects of all the Company’s operations, including commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, litigation, risk management, employment practices, and public policy advocacy. Prior to joining American Seafoods, Mr. Latimer served as Of Counsel with the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Seattle, Washington where his practiced focused on advising large and small enterprises on a variety of business, finance, and strategic issues. While in private practice, Mr. Latimer regularly represented technology companies and venture capital funds in connection with the formation, funding, and growth of early stage businesses, including public and private stock offerings, employee equity incentive plans, cross-border offerings, and M&A. He also advised a variety of publicly-traded enterprises on disclosure and reporting issues under the Securities Exchange Act, public debt issuances, and follow-on equity offerings. Prior his time at Davis Wright Tremaine, Mr. Latimer was an associate at Cooley Godward LLP and Dorsey & Whitney LLP where he was a member of each firm’s corporate practice. Mr. Latimer received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington in 1995 and his Bachelor of Arts in Chinese from Brigham Young University in 1991. Mr. Latimer speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese.
Scott McNair was named Executive Vice President of Finance and Business Development for American Seafoods Group and General Manager of American Marine Ingredients in 2016. Prior to that, Scott McNair served as Executive Vice President of Finance and Business Development for American Seafoods Group since 2009. Scott had spent three years in the role of Vice President of Finance prior to that. In 2012 he was also chosen to become the Chief Financial Officer for Kloosterboer Dutch Harbor. Mr. McNair originally joined American Seafoods in 2003 as Financial Reporting Manager but left the company for two years between 2004 – 2006 to serve as Audit Partner at Grant Thornton LLP. Mr. McNair’s post-graduate professional experience includes employment by a number of national accounting firms including KPMG and Ernst &Young.