Icelandair has appointed Birkir Holm Gudnason as its new CEO, replacing acting chief Bjorgolfur Johannsson
who will continue in his role as Icelandair
Gudnason, who was most recently Icelandair general manager for Scandinavia, has held a range of sales and
regional management roles since he joined Icelandair eight years ago.
Johannsson says: “There are
immediate issues facing us in the form of higher fuel prices and consumer
demand following economic uncertainties,
and a firm hand is needed at the controls of the airline.”
uncertainties include soaring inflation rates. Over the last three months,
Icelandic inflation has hit an annual equivalent of 28% - the highest level
since September 1990.
Icelandair announced the
resignation of Icelandair Cargo managing director Petur Eiriksson.
The carrier says Icelandair
senior VP for sales and marketing Gunnar Mar Sigurfinnsson will replace Eiriksson as head of the freight division.
Sigurfinnsson, who has been in
his present role for three years, has previously held roles including general
manager for central Europe and Air Iceland
sales manager. His former role as Icelandair senior VP for sales and marketing will be
filled by Helgi Mar Bjorgvinsson, who is general
manager for UK
Icelandair has also named Arni Hermannsson and Erlendur Svavarsson
as senior VPs of Icelandair
Group’s Global Capacity Solutions Segment, which includes Loftleidir Icelandic, Bluebird Cargo, Icelease, Travelservice in the Czech Republic and Latcharter in Latvia.
Hermannsson and Svavarsson will lead
co-ordination and strategic development projects for the segment. Hermannsson will will
take on his new duties alongside his role as Loftleidir Icelandic chief financial officer, which
he has held since 2002.
Svavarsson has been with Icelandair Group and its
predecessors since 2003. His most recent role was Loftleidir Icelandic chief commercial officer.