Mark Ryan is a respected business leader and an economic visionary for Tasmania. Mark is a proud and passionate Tasmanian with a significant belief in the state and its many natural attributes.
One of Mark’s core values is ‘Zero Harm for Everyone, Everywhere’ and his success as CEO of Tassal has been achieved with a strong focus on sustainability.
Environmental sustainability is central to Tassal’s business. It is core to planning and decision making to help further benefit the Tasmanian economy and Tassal’s employees. This focus has contributed meaningfully to the culture of the company and has supported operational excellence and pride in the workplace.
In 2012 under Mark’s leadership, Tassal partnered with WWF-Australia, part of the world’s largest conservation organisation. The partnership with WWF, along with Mark’s passion for sustainability, led Tassal to become the first producer of farmed salmon in the world to achieve full Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification across all sites in November 2014. ASC certification is the highest standard for responsibly-farmed seafood in the world and provides credible, third party validation to consumers that they are purchasing seafood from farms that limit impacts on the environment.
As CEO of WWF-Australia, I am extremely proud of our partnership with Tassal, and the many accomplishments made to date under the leadership of Mark Ryan. I am delighted to nominate Mark for this award and I look forward, personally to continuing to work with him and Tassal in the future.