New Samskip Executive Management Team appointed to head up next phase developments


Longstanding Samskip executives Ásbjörn Gíslason, Diederick Blom and Kristinn Albertsson have been appointed to spearhead the next phase development of Samskip, which offers services by land, sea, rail and air through an extensive network of European offices. The formal appointments follow the planned departure of CEO Jens Holger-Nielsen.

    Ásbjörn Gislason

Ásbjörn GíslasonIn a newly-created role, Gíslason will take responsibility for Samskip's North Atlantic businesses while continuing as Chief Executive of Samskip Logistics with responsibility for Nor Lines, Norway and the Reefer fleet. Blom, meanwhile, will act as interim CEO for Samskip Multimodal, continuing in his Chief Operating Officer role for the group as a whole. Albertsson will continue as Chief Finance Officer.  

During 22 years with Samskip, Gíslason has worked across the organisation, including a period as Chief Executive of Samskip Iceland. Last year, as Samskip Logistics CEO, he led the takeover of Nor Lines, and has since been instrumental in merging and streamlining activities in Norway, including Frigocare and Samskip's reefer vessel fleet. His new role will oversee all businesses identified as ‘North Atlantic' in scope, including those covering his native Iceland.

“We have seen interesting developments in Norway over the last few years, where our activities have increased substantially,” said Gíslason. “We are working on expanding our sailing systems for all markets in the North Atlantic, in Norway, Iceland and Faroe Island and will be seeking synergies between systems.”

Diederick Blom

In 12 years with Samskip, first as UK Trade Director and then as Chief Operating Officer, Blom has been closely associated with the turnaround in UK Trade-related business between 2006 and 2008, and with the growth of the company's intra-European business. He has also steered efforts to reduce direct costs as part of the company's ‘Fit for Future' program.

Blom said that the new team's focus would be to “keep simple things simple” and empower staff to develop the overall business. “Samskip is one of the largest multimodal, short sea and logistics operators in Europe today, and it aims to become the leading European in the business.”

    Kristinn Albertsson

Albertsson, who joined Samskip in 2007 and led its incorporation as a Dutch company after a series of acquisitions from 2005 said that the new team would continue with its work to standardize processes in pursuit of enhanced efficiency. 

This year, Samskip Group turnover is expected to exceed €800 million, with the organisation employing 1,600 people in 24 countries. Current initiatives include implementation of an entirely new technology platform designed to enhance the flexibility, operational transparency, cost efficiency and ease-of-use of Samskip's multimodal value proposition.

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