Brenda Chandler (Submitted photo)

PORTLAND – Nordic Aquafarms Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Nordic Aquafarms, an international leader in land-based aquaculture, has named Brenda Chandler of Auburn its full-time chief financial officer.

Chandler was named to her new position Tuesday and will begin March 18, working from the corporate headquarters in Portland.

In January 2018, Nordic Aquafarms announced plans for a land-based salmon farm on the Atlantic Coast in Belfast to be built in two to three phases. Construction is expected to start in 2019, with operations commencing in 2020.

Earlier this month, it also announced plans to build a land-based fish farm in Humboldt County, California, to serve West Coast markets.

“We are very pleased that Brenda has chosen to join the company as we are proceeding with our plans in the U.S.,” Erik Heim, company president, said in a news release.

Chandler was most recently responsible for the global corporate real estate program at ON Semiconductor in South Portland.

A Maine native with family roots in Belfast and Jonesport, Chandler began her career working for small wood-products companies and later joined the Rumford paper mill, where she worked in several accounting roles.

In 1999, she joined Fairchild Semiconductor and again was promoted through several financial leadership positions, culminating in senior director and assistant treasurer. In 2016 Fairchild was sold to ON Semiconductor.

Chandler holds Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science degrees from the University of Maine at Augusta.

She and her husband, Tony, live in Auburn on an 18-acre farm and between them have six children and six grandchildren. The couple’s latest adventure is the startup WillowsAwake Winery in Leeds, a 67-acre farm and forest turned vineyard and winery.

Chandler is board president of Wayfinder Schools, and was formerly on the supervisory committee of Maine Solutions Credit Union.


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