Park, Kawada take new executive roles at Trans-Ocean

Murry R. Park has been named president of Trans-Ocean Products Inc., a Bellingham-based surimi seafood producer.

Park has served as vice president and general manager of the company since 2012. In his new role, he will continue to lead Trans-Ocean’s retail surimi seafood category and its smoked salmon and shrimp product lines. He will now also be responsible for the company’s surimi seafood processing facility in Bellingham.

Prior to joining Trans-Ocean, Park was a vice president and general manager at Westward Seafoods facility in Kodiak, Alaska. He also served as a strategic planning manager at Westward’s Seattle office.

Westward is a sister company of Trans-Ocean. Both are part of the Maruha Nichiro North American Group.

Park takes over the Trans-Ocean presidency from Yasuaki Kawakita, who is now general manager of Maruha Nichiro’s Hokkaido Regional Branch in Japan.

Kawada named executive vice president at Trans-Ocean

Itaru Kawada [Photo courtesy to the BBJ]
Itaru Kawada [Photo courtesy to the BBJ]

Along with Park’s promotion, Itaru Kawada has been named executive vice president as Trans-Ocean.

Kawada was previously the vice president of operations at Westward Seafoods, where he was in charge of the company’s processing facility in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

He also has prior experience as the surimi sales manager in Maruha Nichiro’s Tokyo office.

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