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Úlfar Steindórsson

Úlfar Steindórsson

Chairman

Úlfar Steindórsson was born in 1956 and is the CEO of Toyota in Iceland. He was the CEO of Primex ehf in Siglufjordur from 2002-2004, and the CEO of the New Business Venture Fund from 1999-2002. Úlfar has held various board positions in the Icelandic business environment in the past years. Úlfar holds a Cand.Oecon from the University of Iceland and a MBA from Virgina Commonwealth University. He joined the Board on 15 September 2010.

Svafa Grönfeldt

Svafa Grönfeldt

Vice Chairman

Svafa Grönfeldt is a founding member of MIT’s innovation accelerator DesignX, and a co-founder of the MET fund, a Cambridge based seed investment fund. Svafa is a member of the Board of Directors at Össur since 2008. Previous positions include Chief Organizational Development Officer of Alvogen, President of Reykjavik University and Deputy to the CEO of Actavis Group. Svafa holds a PhD in Industrial Relations from London School of Economics.

John F. Thomas

Board Member

John F. Thomas is is a Senior Advisor to the management consultancy McKinsey & Co., the aviation infrastructure firm Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners GP and the tourism technology firm Plusgrade in addition to sitting on boards in the aviation and aerospace industries. Moreover, he is currently owner and CEO of Waltzing Matilda Aviation LLC, a jet charter operation based in Boston. In 2016-2017, Mr. Thomas was Group Executive at Virgin Australia Airlines where he led a financial turnaround as CEO of a AU$ 4.0bn (appr. USD 2.8bn) full service carrier with over 6,000 employees, and Managing Director/Senior Partner at L.E.K. Consulting where he created and led the Global Aviation Practice for 16 years. Mr. Thomas holds an MBA degree from Macquarie University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce degreed from the University of New South Wales.

Nina Jonsson

Nina Jonsson

Board Member

Nina Jonsson is currently a Senior Advisor at aviation consultancy Plane View Partners and a board member at aviation technology firm FLYHT. Between 2015 and 2017, she held the role of Senior Vice President Group Fleet at Air France-KLM Group where she was responsible for group-wide fleet strategy, aircraft sourcing, leasing and sales. Previously, Ms. Jonsson held a number of other executive positions within the aviation industry including Fleet Management Officer at the Bristow Group (2012-15), Director Fleet Planning at United Airlines (2006-2011) and Director Fleet Management at US Airways (2002-2005). Ms. Jonsson holds an MBA degree from Rensselaer Polytechic Institute and a B.Sc. degree in Air Transport Management from the University of New Haven.

Guðmundur Hafsteinsson

Guðmundur Hafsteinsson

Board Member

Guðmundur leads product development for Google Assistant at Google. He joined Google in 2014 subsequent to the Merger of Google and Emu, a chat based virtual assistant start-up he founded in 2012. Prior to the founding of Emu, he was VP Product at Siri, and stayed on after the acquisition by Apple through the launch of Siri on iPhone 4S. Prior to Siri/Apple, Guðmundur was a Senior Product Manager at Google, where he managed the initial launches of Google Maps for mobiles and Google Voice Search. Guðmundur holds an MBA degree from MIT and a B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iceland.