Birkir Hólm Guðnason

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Birkir Hólm Guðnason

Birkir Hólm Guðnason (born 6 May 1974, Iceland) is an Icelandic business leader and CEO of Icelandair,[1] the flag carrier airline in Iceland.


Birkir (see Icelandic name customs) is from Akureyri in northern Iceland. He finished a Bsc. degree in Economics and Business Administration[2] in 1998 from Aalborg University, Denmark. Two years later he finished his MBA in International Business and Economics from the same university.

Birkir worked for Icelandair since graduating. He started as Sales Manager in Iceland, then had the same job for North America. He moved back to Europe when he became General Manager for Central Europe, stationed in Frankfurt. In 2006 he became General Manager for Scandinavia, stationed in Copenhagen.

In May 2008, Birkir was appointed CEO of Icelandair.[3][4][5]

He has presided over the company in turbulent times, first with the Icelandic economic collapse in late 2008 and then the volcanic eruptions in 2010 and 2011.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

With his partner, Fríða Dóra Steindórsdóttir, Birkir has four children born 2000-2010.[8]


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  2. ^ "Education at the Department of Business and Management - Fibigerstræde 2 - Aalborg University". Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Landsbankinn". Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Viðskiptablaðið - Birkir Hólm Guðnason ráðinn framkvæmdastjóri Icelandair". Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  5. ^ Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "INTERVIEW: Icelandair CEO Birkir Hólm Guðnason". 2010-06-24. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  7. ^ "Ceros 3.4.1". Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]