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May 31, 2016

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) has appointed Dominic Whitmee to the organization as its new chief executive.

Current head Keith Davenport announced his retirement in March after 25 years in the position.

Whitmee joins OATA from the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) where he was senior international biodiversity policy adviser. He has worked in the civil service for more than 20 years, recently delivering CITES policy for the UK government.

“I’m very pleased to be handing over the reins to such an experienced person who will undoubtedly bring a different perspective to the challenges facing our industry,” said Davenport.

Whitmee will start his new position on July 4.

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