CEO and Executive Management

Jon Sigurdsson

President and Chief Executive Officer

Born in 1956

With Össur since the year 1996

Education

Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the United States International University in San Diego.

Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Odense Technical College in Denmark.

Board Positions

Vitrolife AB
The Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce

Experience

Jón has been the CEO of Össur since 1996 and prior to that he was the Commercial Counselor for the Icelandic Trade Council in New York (1992- 1996), Chief Financial Officer at Álafoss (1989-1991), Head of the International Division of Eimskip (1986-1989) and an Engineer for Bang and Olufsen Denmark (1982- 1984).

Jón’s experience as a member of the Board of Directors in other companies/ organizations includes:

  • Rio Tinto Alcan Iceland 2003-2015
  • The Icelandic Chamber of Commerce 2002-2012
  • Reykjavik University from 2002-2009
  • Samherji hf. from 2002-2006
  • The Icelandic Trade Council from 1997-2003
  • Research Liaison Office of the University of Iceland from 1996-2001

Egill Jónsson

EVP of Manufacturing and Operations

Born in 1957

With Össur since the year 1996

Education

Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University in Copenhagen (DTU)

Bachelor degree in Engineering from the University of Iceland

Board positions

Federation of Icelandic Industries

Experience

Egill has led the M&O function since he joined in 1996. He was formerly a Project Manager at VGK hf, an Engineering firm in Reykjavik (1985-1996).

Gudjon G. Karason

EVP of Clinics

Born in 1969

With Össur since the year 1998

Education

Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Iceland

CS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iceland

Board positions

OTB (Swedish O&P Industry Association) (chairman)

Experience

Gudjon has been with Össur since 1998, and has since then worked in R&D, Marketing, Sales, and Clinics in multiple positions. Prior to joining Össur, Gudjon worked as Development Manager for a couple of smaller industrial companies in Iceland.

Margrét Lára Friðriksdóttir

EVP of Human Resources and Corporate Strategy

Born in 1978

With Össur since the year 2000

Education

Master’s degree in Management and Strategy from the University of Iceland

Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Iceland

Experience

Margret has been with Össur since 2000 in various roles in finance and human resources.

Dr. Kristleifur Kristjansson

EVP of Research and Development

Born in 1955

With Össur since the year 2012

Education

Medical Doctor degree from the University of Iceland

Board-Certified Pediatrician from the Medical College of Georgia

Clinical and molecular genetics fellowship from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas

Certified Pediatrician and Clinical Geneticist in Iceland from 1993

Board positions

Skraeda ehf. (chairman)

Experience

Dr. Kristjansson joined Össur in 2012, for the first 5 years as Medical Officer and another 2 years as Medical Officer and VP of Clinical Affairs. Dr. Kristjansson’s previous positions include co-founder and VP of Clinical Affairs and Collaborations at deCODE genetics ehf. 1995 to 2012 and co-founder and CEO of Pediatric Services in Iceland 1995 to 2014. Dr. Kristjansson has acted as a consulting Pediatrician and Clinical Geneticist for the University Hospital, Landspitalinn Reykjavik Iceland, from 1998 to the present, and he is the Founder of Skraeda ehf.

Ólafur Gylfason

EVP of Sales & Marketing

Born in 1969

With Össur since the year 1997

Education

Master’s degree in International Business Economics from Alborg University in Denmark

Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Bifrost School of Business in Iceland

Experience

Olafur has been with Össur since 1997; from 2001-2013 as the Managing Director of EMEA and before that in emerging markets.

Sveinn Sölvason

Chief Financial Officer

Born in 1978

With Össur since the year 2009

Education

Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting (Cand.Merc.FIR) from Copenhagen Business School

Bachelor degree in International Business from Copenhagen Business School.

Board positions

Icelandic Chamber of Commerce

Experience

Sveinn has been with Össur since 2009, previously as Director of Treasury and Corporate Development. Prior to joining Össur he worked at Marel, Kaupthing Bank, Goldman Sachs and HSH Nordbank.