Fish & Seafood

Clearwater Seeks New VP and CFO as Fortney Gives Notice

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-headquartered Clearwater Seafoods announced on March 27 that Teresa Fortney, its vice president for finance and chief financial officer during the past three years, plans to leave the company to pursue other opportunities closer to her family in Ontario.

The search for a successor has been initiated. In the interim, Fortney will continue to remain on board until a replacement is found.

“On behalf of the board of directors and Clearwater’s executive team, I want to thank Teresa for her many contributions and her decision to stay on to help us ensure a smooth transition. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors,” said CEO Ian Smith.

Teresa FortneyTeresa Fortney will depart Clearwater Seafoods after a replacement is found to assume her position.Fortney is a chartered professional accountant with over 32 years of senior financial leadership experience in the consumer foods industry, having worked for Maple Leaf Foods, Schneider Foods and McCormick. She is a University of Waterloo mathematics graduate who has spent most of her career in growth oriented, multi-site manufacturing and distribution environments in the food industry.

Clearwater, founded in 1976, is one of North America’s largest vertically integrated seafood companies and the largest holder of shellfish licenses and quotas in Canada. It is recognized globally for offering customers a high quality diversity of species and reliably distributing premium eco-certified products including wild caught Arctic surf clams, scallops, lobster, coldwater shrimp, langoustine, whelk, crab and groundfish.