ZAMBIA – FirstWave Group, Africa’s leading vertically integrated aquaculture firm, has announced the appointment of Ulric Daniel as the company’s Country Director in Zambia.

FirstWave, specializes in tilapia production, distribution, and retail through its flagship company Yalelo Zambia and recently inaugurated Yalelo Uganda. It also undertakes feed production through Aller Aqua Zambia.

With the appointment, Ulric Daniel will oversee FirstWave’s feed and fish production value chain activities in Zambia through Yalelo Zambia and JV Aller Aqua Zambia.

He takes over the leadership from Bryan McCoy, who has handed over the Zambian operations, to continuing focusing with his involvement as the Co-CEO of First Wave Group.

“After nine incredible years as our Zambia CEO, Bryan McCoy will be handing over to a new leader, to drive Yalelo Zambia and our JV partnership, Aller Aqua Zambia, through the next phase of journey in Southern Africa.

“We’re delighted to announce that Ulric Daniel has taken over Bryan’s role as of the beginning of July,” stated Tembwe Mutungu CO-CEO FirstWave Group in a LinkedIn post.

Ulric, with over 20 years of experience in managing and scaling successful businesses across the continent, has brought both depth and breadth of expertise into the company.

According to FirstWave, Ulric has spent over a decade successfully managing the growth and scaling of white protein businesses in South Africa, Zambia and Ethiopia.

“We’re delighted to announce that Ulric Daniel has taken over Bryan’s role as of the beginning of July.”

Tembwe Mutungu – CO-CEO FirstWave Group

Prior to his recent appointment, Ulric was the Managing Director of EthioChicken Group, Ethiopia’s leading producer of day-old-chicks and poultry feed.

The new appointee holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology and Entomology from Rhodes University in South Africa.

He has held varied capacities in the food industry, working with organizations such as Astral Foods, Pioneer Foods, Mikon breeders and Nedan Agri Business.

As the company undertakes changes in the executive team, FirstWave is positioning itself for future growth.

The company recently partnered with Xelect, specialists in aquaculture genetics and breeding programmes, to develop local high-performance tilapia breeds.

The breeding program will focus on Nile tilapia to feed FirstWave’s subsidiaries operating in the pristine open waters of Lake Kariba and Lake Victoria.

This strategic partnership will enable the company to bring a data driven solution to its breeding management as it continues to pursue ongoing improvements in cost leadership and production efficiency.

An improved data-driven breeding program will lay the foundation for precision aquaculture farming at FirstWave, as the group continues to address the large fish deficit in the region.

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