Nordic Aquafarms Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Nordic Aquafarms, has named Brenda Chandler of Auburn as its full-time CFO. She will begin on March 18 and work out of the company’s corporate headquarters in Portland.

“We are very pleased that Brenda has chosen to join the company as we are proceeding with our plans in the U.S.,” Erik Heim, company president, said. “I also want to thank Thomas A. Brigham, who has been assisting us as acting CFO in the start-up and transition phases.”

The company’s U.S. subsidiary is in the permitting stages of a project, announced in January 2018, to build a land-based salmon farm in Belfast, with construction expected to start this year and operations commencing in 2020.

Earlier this month, Nordic announced plans to build a land-based fish farm in Humboldt County, California, near Eureka, to serve West Coast markets.

The new CFO most recently was responsible for a global corporate real estate program at ON Semiconductor in South Portland. Chandler has had a varied finance career in the technology and paper industries, with experience in treasury, risk management, finance, accounting and most recently corporate real estate.

A Maine native with family roots in Belfast and Jonesport, Chandler began her career working for small wood products companies and later joined the Rumford paper mill, where she worked in several accounting roles. In 1999 she joined Fairchild Semiconductor and was promoted through several financial leadership positions, culminating in the role of senior director and assistant treasurer. In 2016 Fairchild was sold to ON Semiconductor.

Chandler holds B.S. and A.S. degrees from the University of Maine Augusta. She and her husband, Tony, live in Auburn on an 18-acre farm and between them have six children and six grandchildren. The couple’s latest adventure is the start-up WillowsAwake Winery in Leeds, a 67-acre farm and forest-turned vineyard and winery.

Chandler currently serves as board president of Wayfinder Schools and was formerly on the supervisory committee of the Maine Solutions Credit Union.