Pontus Protein has appointed Mr. Avtar Dhaliwal as Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Mohsen Rahimi to the board as an independent board member, replacing Mr. Connor Yuen who will be moving to the position of founder. In his role as founder, Mr. Yuen will continue to work with the company on key business development initiatives and help transition the leadership while Mr Dhaliwal will be responsible for day-to-day operations. Mr. Yuen will also be stepping down from the Board of Directors.
Avtar Dhaliwal has been appointed as interim Chief Executive Officer of Pontus Protein effective immediately. He joined the Pontus board on March 7, 2022. Dhaliwal brings to Pontus his years of experience in the food industry with a specialty in supply chain, compliance, and regulatory processes. He is a third-generation farmer and has managed over 1,000 acres of land, employing hundreds of employees, and overseeing the growth and cultivation of a wide variety of cash crops for retail and wholesale. Furthermore, Mr. Dhaliwal oversaw and focused on crop quality standardization, distribution and marketing from wholesalers, and direct-to-consumer sales and overseas sales in local markets. Dealing with distributors and associations, Mr. Dhaliwal placed produce into large box retailers and nationwide grocers such as Overwaitea and Safeway. Mr. Dhaliwal has also worked with wholesale and partners such as B.C. Fruit Packers Association and direct wholesale. Recently, as CEO of Modern Meat, Mr. Dhaliwal has been instrumental in navigating Modern Meat through compliance and regulatory hurdles of listing products and distributing with Costco and other large-scale distributors.
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