GSA Names Mike Kocsis as its New CEO

The Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) proudly announces the appointment of Mike Kocsis as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Mike Kocsis

Kocsis, who has extensive seafood industry experience spanning two decades, is well positioned to lead GSA into its next chapter. He joined the organization in April 2022 as Chief Systems Officer to oversee certification operations and information technology and was most recently promoted to Chief Strategy Officer in August 2023.

Kocsis joined the seafood industry after completing studies in supply chain management and international business. He holds a bachelor of science degree in logistics and international business from Penn State University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Said Kocsis, “I’m excited to continue advancing responsible seafood practices globally with our partners. GSA is proud to engage with many of the world’s leading aquaculture and wild-caught seafood producers, retailers, foodservice operators, and NGOs, and I look forward to closer collaboration as we advance our shared vision. This work isn’t possible without the incredible team at GSA. Their commitment to our mission and dedication to continuous improvement inspires me daily. It’s an honor to serve this team and lead GSA into the future.”

Kocsis’ career includes leadership roles at leading seafood brands like High Liner Foods, King & Prince Seafood and Gorton’s Seafood. In 2016, while serving as VP of aquaculture procurement at High Liner Foods, he was recognized on IntraFish’s 40 Under 40 list.

Longtime GSA leader Wally Stevens will assist in Kocsis’ transition into the CEO role and remain a member of the GSA board of directors and GSA executive committee. Stevens has been involved with the Global Seafood Alliance for 17 years, joining the Global Aquaculture Alliance as executive director in 2007.

About Global Seafood Alliance

The Global Seafood Alliance is an international, nonprofit trade association dedicated to advancing responsible seafood practices through education, advocacy and third-party assurances. Through the development of its certification programs, GSA has become the leading provider of assurances for wild and farmed seafood globally. The organization’s work addresses the full spectrum of responsibility, from environmental responsibility and social accountability to food safety. Established in 1997 as the Global Aquaculture Alliance, GSA is headquartered in Portsmouth, N.H., USA. To learn more, visit