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Mr. Birkir Hólm Guðnason Hired as CEO of Samskip Iceland


The board of Samskip hf. in Iceland has hired Mr. Birkir Hólm Guðnason as CEO. Mr. Guðnason previously held the position of CEO for Icelandair for ten years. Before becoming CEO for Icelandair he worked for six years managing various international operations for Icelandair and he enjoyed a total of 18 years with the company.

Mr. Pálmar Óli Magnússon leaves Samskip by his own initiative although Samskip will retain his services while the Iceland operation introduces new sailing routes for the North Atlantic service and while Mr. Guðnason settles into his new role.

„We have just introduced new sailing routes for the North Atlantic service to improve our performance. The new system means we increase frequency and reliability. We intend to charge forward and increase the market share of Samskip hf. We are thankful for having enjoyed Pálmar‘s abilities and leadership in the past years and want to express our gratitude for his contribution to our company. I also welcome Birkir Hólm to our team. I have known Birkir Hólm for some time and I know we are fortunate to add him to our team, “states Mr. Ásbjörn Gíslason, new chairman of the board for Samskip hf.  

We will play harder to increase our market share

„This is a very exciting opportunity for me, “says Mr. Guðnason. „I already have considerable experience in operating a business in an international market and I am of the opinion the same principles apply in the operation of these businesses. We are on one hand dealing with sailing routes and on the other route network. Our purpose is to provide excellent service, dependability and accessibility in an economical manner which I think provides our clients with great opportunities. „Together we make things happen, “is our slogan and I really relate to that and I am looking forward to the close cooperation with our clients and staff. We enjoy the support of an international company and have everything we need to play harder to increase our market share. It will be exciting to be a part of that growth. “


For further information: Birkir Hólm Guðnason, new CEO of Samskip hf. Tel: +354 864-7177 and Ásbjörn Gíslason, chairman of the board Samskip hf. Tel: +31 611 563 728.

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