Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Ólafur.

Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson (known internationally as Olaf Olafsson) was born in Reykjavik, Iceland on September 26, 1962. He studied physics as a Wien Scholar at Brandeis University. He is the author[1] of three previous novels, The Journey Home, Absolution and Walking Into the Night, and a story collection, Valentines. His books have been published to critical acclaim in more than twenty languages. He is the recipient of the O. Henry Award and the Icelandic Literary Award, was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize, and has twice been nominated for the IMPAC Award. He is the Executive Vice President of Time Warner[2] and he lives in New York City with his wife Anna Ólafsdóttir and three children.


Before assuming his current position, Ólafsson was Vice Chairman of Time Warner Digital Media where he was responsible for developing strategic business plans for Time Warner’s digital media businesses.

Prior to joining Time Warner, Ólafsson was president of Advanta Corporation, since March 1998 and a member of its board of directors since 1997.

Previously, as founder, president and chief executive officer of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Inc., a unit of Sony Corporation established in 1991, Olafsson built and managed its businesses in the United States and Europe. During his six-year tenure, he directed the worldwide operations of Sony’s entertainment software and hardware divisions and was responsible for the introduction of the acclaimed PlayStation. He held several other positions at Sony, having begun his career at the company in 1985.



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