Mark Holyoake Takes His Leave From Icelandic Seafood Distributor


Longtime British businessman Mark Holyoake is ending his stint on the board of Iceland Seafood International (ISI). Mr. Holyoake has been involved with ISI since 2010 when he purchased a share of capital in the organization. He was the largest shareholder for a number of years.


ISI is one of the leading seafood supply companies in the world. It is a major supplier of North Atlantic derived fish for markets in the United Kingdom and Spain. The ISI has been a major player in this sector since 1932. It’s roots spring from three previous organizations, The union of Icelandic Fish Producers, The Herring Board and Samband of Iceland.


Departing along with Mark Holyoake from the ISI board is Benedikt Sveinsson. He has been deeply connected to the ISI for more than four decades. After more than 40 years, Sveinsson said “it is time” for him to step aside.


Mark Holyoake has been a leading business figure in Europe since the 1990s. In 2006, he founded the London-based Oakvest in 2006. This firm was involved in buying, developing and managing commercial real estate across the U.K. Among its most high-profile projects was the historic Grosvenor Gardens House, a Grade-II mansion in Belgravia, London. Grosvenor Gardens is famous for having been the birthplace of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and other luminaries, such as actor David Niven. It’s a site of enormous historic significance for the British people.


Mark Holyoake currently resides on the Spanish island of Ibiza in a house he acquired from some €10 million, although some reports place the value at €20 million. Mr. Holyoake is also an associate of a Spanish company called Sabina estates, a key real estate company for the island of Ibiza. He partners with the Carvalho Martins family in this venture. Together they are seeking to purchase the Herdade da Comporta. They face heavy competition in the effort with French billionaire Louis-Albert de Broglie.


In leaving Iceland Seafood International, Mark Holyoake praised his former associate Benedikt Sveinsson, saying it had been an honor to work with him in the seafood industry.


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