Mathias Ismail was Chief Executive of COTONA, Groupe SOCOTA’s textile subsidiary, before becoming the Managing Director of Groupe SOCOTA Textiles responsible for marketing and joint ventures. In 2005, Mathias joined OSO, SOCOTA’s seafood division, as Chair of OSO Group. He then launched an organic certification and regulations project for the Madagascar shrimp production site, while also finalising a strategic commercial partnership with Reynaud, the leading French seafood distributor. This commercial venture led to the creation of R&O Seafood Gastronomy, of which Mathias became the Chief Executive in 2009. R&O Seafood Gastronomy employs 1,250 people in France and Madagascar and has a turnover of €260 million.