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Volker Kuntzsch

CEO, Sanford

Volker Kuntzsch

Volker joined Sanford as their CEO in December 2013. He views this position as the climax of his more than 25 years in the seafood industry and trusts that the combination of his expertise, the wealth of our marine resources and the credentials of the NZ brand will create great value for the industry.

After spending his youth in Namibia and studying and working in the fishing industry in South Africa, Volker worked for Unilever in Germany and the UK for most of the 1990's and early 2000's. During this time he introduced the MSC certification to the NZ deepwater industry and laid the foundation for his passion for NZ.

From 2005 to 2007 Volker managed Hangana Seafood, a fishing and processing enterprise in Namibia before moving to Japan to join Nissui as their Global Marketing Director in 2008. Nissui expatriated him to the US a year later and after managing King & Prince Seafood, a Nissui subsidiary in Georgia, USA, Volker was promoted to President of Nissui USA in addition to the former responsibility in 2010. He held this position until he joined Sanford.

Volker is married with 4 kids.