US – UK-based seafood supplier Fortune International has folded its import division into another department amid an administrative reshuffle.
According to the UK major supplier, the decision to close the division was due to departmental redundancies, and will no longer operate as a stand-alone subsidiary of Fortune International.
“Fortune, which was founded in 2001, has parted ways with the president of the now defunct Fortune Imports division Jeff Goldberg, as well as its chief financial officer Sean Burke and chief marketing officer Ian Navarro,” a statement from the company said.
“After a careful strategic review, we determined it was important to make a few leadership changes for both efficiency and to continue the company’s strong business momentum.”
The seafood major confirmed a new interim CFO who will fill in while it searches for a permanent replacement. The position of chief marketing officer has been abolished altogether.
“We would like to thank Sean, Jeff, and Ian for their contributions and have temporarily reassigned their responsibilities to other team members,” the statement said.
The imports division sourced frozen seafood and fish from around the world, including snow crab, swai, and tuna. The subsidiary worked with grocery stores and distributors to put together their own private-label branded seafood products.
At the beginning of the year, the company appointed four executives to its executive leadership team, to drive and support organic growth, employee engagement, production, and customer experience in their business.
Following a year of record growth, that included completing three acquisitions, the company named Padraic Doherty as Chief Revenue Officer; Brian Gartrell as Chief Human Resource Officer; Wally Lezniak as Senior Vice President of Production; and Danielle Charette as Senior Vice President of Customer Experience.
Recently, the company signed an agreement to acquire Boston Sword & Tuna (“BST”), one of the largest fresh seafood distributors in the United States. A transaction that was expected to close by May 2023.
“We’re excited at the prospect of our agreement to acquire Boston Sword & Tuna, one of the most respected seafood distributors on the East Coast with a superior management team and hugely loyal customer base,” the president and CEO of Fortune International, Sean O’Scannlain said.
Fortune International, LLC, is the parent operating company of Fortune Fish & Gourmet, a full-service processor and distributor providing white-tablecloth restaurants, private clubs, elegant hotels, and gourmet retail stores with the finest quality fresh, live, and frozen seafood and gourmet foods.
The company handles more than 20,000 seafood and gourmet products daily, selected to exceed the high standards embraced by its quality-focused customer base.
Fortune currently services more than 15,000 customers throughout the United States with a fleet of refrigerated vehicles, and nationally through FedEx and common carriers.