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Icelandair Management

The international flight operations is divided into five divisions: Finance, Business Development and Strategy, Human Resources, Operations, and Sales and Marketing.

The Chief Officers of the five divisions will form the Company’s Executive Committee, together with Björgólfur Jóhannsson, CEO and Magnea Thorey Hjalmarsdóttir, Managing Director of Icelandair Hotels, who are both current members of the Executive Committee, along with Gunnar Már Sigurfinnsson, Managing Director of Icelandair Cargo and Jens Bjarnason. Jens has served as Senior Vice President of Operation and has been entrusted with special tasks relating to Corporate Affairs, including relations with regulatory authorities in the air transport sector and international relations.

Björgólfur Jóhannsson, President and CEO Icelandair Group

Before joining Icelandair Group Björgólfur was the CEO of Icelandic Group from March 2006. From 1992-1996 Björgólfur was the CFO of UA in Akureyri. He became the CEO of Síldarvinnslan in 1999 and served as the Director of Innovation and Development at Samherji from 1996, having worked as a chartered accountant for two auditing firms from 1980. Björgólfur served as the Chairman of the Board of the Federation of Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners from 2003-2008. Björgólfur is the Chairman of the Board of the SA-Confederation of Icelandic Employers since March 2013. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Iceland in 1983 and became a chartered accountant in 1985. 

Bogi Nils Bogason, CFO Icelandair Group

Bogi Nils started his career within Icelandair Group in October 2008. He was the CFO of Askar Capital from January 2007 until he joined Icelandair Group and the CFO of Icelandic Group from 2004-2006. Bogi Nils served as an auditor and partner at KPMG in Iceland during the years from 1993-2004. Bogi Nils holds a Cand Oecon degree in Business from the University of Iceland and became licensed as a chartered accountant in 1998.

Jens Thórdarson, Chief Operating Officer

Jens has served as VP Technical Operations since October 2011. He has worked at the company since 2006, first as an assitant to Managing Director at ITS, an Icelandair subsidiary. After that he was Director Finance and Resources at Icelandair’s Technical Division from 2007 to 2010, when he accepted a post as head of the Materials and Procurement department. Jens is an industrial engineer and completed his M.Sc. degree in the spring of 2007 at the University of Iceland.

Gudmundur Óskarsson, Chief Commercial Officer

Guðmundur served as SVP of Icelandair’s Sales and Marketing division from March of 2017. He joined Icelandair from Air Iceland, where he had been in charge of marketing and sales since 2016. Gudmundur worked for Icelandair from the year 2004, primarily as head of marketing and business development, until 2016. Before that, he was head of marketing at Icelandair, first for Central Europe and then Scandinavia, serving these markets for two years respectively. He was head of procurement and markets at Vatnsvirkinn/Tækjatækni from 2002 to 2003.  Gudmundur serves on the board of directors of the LAVA Centre in Hvolsvöllur in South Iceland. He has served on a number of boards and councils in the Icelandic tourist sector in recent years. He holds B.Sc. and B.A. degrees in business and international relations from Pennsylvania State University and a diploma from Universität Leipzig in Germany.

Gunnar Már Sigurfinnsson, Managing Director of Icelandair Cargo

Gunnar was appointed Managing Director in May 2008. Before that time he was SVP of Sales and Marketing at Icelandair from 2005. Gunnar Már became Director of Sales Planning and Control in 2000, and in 2001 he became General Manager of the Germany, Netherlands & Central Europe regions. Gunnar Már has a degree in Business from the University of Iceland.

Elísabet Helgadóttir, Chief Human Resources Officer

Before she joined Icelandair in 2018, Elísabet had worked in human resource management at Íslandsbanki since 2007 and for the last five years there she worked as the head of career development. Her tasks at Ísandsbanki included supervision of all staff education and training, management training, executive coaching and performance management. From 2000 to 2007, she worked for Capacent Gallup on research and consultancy, Elísabet completed a B.A. Degree in psychology at the University of Iceland in 2000 and a degree in human resource management at the EADA Business School in Barcelona in 2007.

Birna Ósk Einarsdóttir, Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer

From April 2017, until she joined Icelandair in early 2018, Birna served as Executive Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development for Landsvirkjun. She worked as an executive for the IT company Síminn from 2011, most recently as head of sales and services. Birna worked for Síminn from 2001, starting in public relations and HR. She led Síminn’s Project Management Office in 2006 to 2010 and concurrently managed market affairs in 2009 to 2010 until she accepted the post of executive officer. Birna has served on the board of directors of Skeljungur hf. since 2015 and Já ehf. Since 2017.  She served on the  board of directors of Farsímagreiðslur ehf., a mobile payment service provider, from 2012 to 2015  and on the board of directors of Gildi Pension Fund from 2014 to 2015.

Birna has a degree in business from the University of Reykjavik and an M.Sc. In management and strategic planning from the University of Iceland; she has also completed a programme of AMP studies for managers at the IESE Business School in Barcelona.

Jens Bjarnason, Corporate Affairs

Jens joined Icelandair as a structures engineer in 1984. For a period of time, he was Director of Safety Regulation for the Icelandic CAA. He served as Icelandair‘s Director of Flight Operations for one decade during 1996-2005 and later as Vice President of Technical Operations from 2005-2011. From 2011 until 2015 he was Director of Operations for the International Air Transport Association, IATA, in Montreal, Canada. Jens holds a PhD degree in Engineering from Northwestern University in Illinois, USA.