Organisational structure

Board of Directors

Þorsteinn Pálsson, Chairman of the Board

Þorsteinn Pálsson received a law degree from the University of Iceland in 1974. Mr. Pálsson was editor-in-chief of Fréttablaðið from 2006 to 2009. Previously, he served as Iceland's ambassador to Denmark (2003-2005) and the United Kingdom (1999-2002). He was elected to the Parliament of Iceland (Alþingi) in 1983. He was chairman of the Independence Party from 1983 to 1991, Minister of Finance from 1985 to 1987, and Prime Minister from 1987 to 1988. From 1991 to 1999 he served as Minister of Fisheries and Minister of Justice.

Kristín Guðmundsdóttir

Kristín Guðmundsdóttir graduated with a business degree and a Cand. Oecon degree from the University of Iceland. She was elected to the Board in December 2017. Kristín works as a managing Director at KG slf. and sits on the Boards of N1 hf., Farice, Golfsamband Íslands and RVK Studios. Kristín is also currently a member of the Investment Council at Eyrir sproti slhf. Kristín was the CEO of Skipti hf. in 2011 and before that she was the Chief Financial Officer of Síminn hf. and Skipti hf. from 2003 to 2010 and the Chief Financial Officer of Grandi hf. 1994 to 2002. Kristín also worked as a Director at Íslandsbanki and Iðnaðarbanki Íslands for many years. Kristín sat on the Board of Straumur fjárfestingabanki 2013 to 2015 and served as Vice Chairman in 2013 to 2014. She was the Chairman of the Board of Sparisjóður Vestmannaeyja 2011 to 2013 and sat on the Board of Míla ehf. 2007 to 2011 and served as Chairman of the Board in 2011. Kristín has previously been on the boards of Skjá miðlar ehf., Fasteignafélagið Jörfi ehf., Sjóminjasafnið, Farsímagreiðslur ehf., Straumur ehf., Verslunarráð Íslands, Verðbréfaskráning Íslands hf. og Lífeyrissjóður verkstjóra. Kristín does not own shares in Kvika and is an independent Board member in accordance with the Guidelines.

Inga Björg Hjaltadóttir

Inga Björg Hjaltadóttir graduated from the University of Iceland in 1995 with a law degree and was admitted to the bar as a District Court Attorney in 2003. She is a partner at Acta Law Firm and Attentus Human Resources and Consultants, and has been a lecturer at Bifröst University and Reykjavik University. Inga Björg was a department lawyer at the City of Reykjavík's Office of Human Resources from 1996 to 1999 and served as Director of Human Resources in 1999. Thereafter, she was Director of Career Development at Eimskip Iceland (1999-2003) and worked at DP Law Firm (2003-2006). Inga Björg has been a board member at Límtré Vírnet, E-Farice, and Smellinn. She was an alternate member of the Icelandic Labour Court appointed by the Ministry of Finance from 2006 to 2010 and has served as a Labour Court Judge since 2011.  

Hrönn Sveinsdóttir

Hrönn Sveinsdóttir graduated from the University of Iceland with a Cand. Oecon in 1992.  Hrönn joined Vodafone Iceland (Fjarskipti hf.) in 2005 and serves as Managing Director of Finance and Operations. Before joining Vodafone Hrönn worked for Toyota Iceland (P. Samúelsson hf.) from 1992, starting as Head of Finance and Accounting and later taking on the role of Managing Director of Finance and Human Resources from 1999. Hrönn has served on the board of various firms among which Almenni lífeyrissjóðurinn, Húsasmiðjan, Farice and P/F Kall in Faroe Islands.

Guðmundur Þórðarson

Guðmundur Þórðarson graduated from the University of Iceland with a business degree, Cand Oecon. in 1997 and is a certified broker. Guðmundur has been managing his own investments since 2007, before he worked in the financial sector from 1997. He served as Managing Director of Corporate Finance at Straumur Investment Bank from 2003 and prior to that he served at Íslandsbanki, in Development and later in Corporate Finance, and at Landsbréf in Asset Management. 

Alternate Board Members

  • Pétur Guðmundarson

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Management team

Ármann Þorvaldsson, CEO
Armann Thorvaldsson joined Kvika as CEO in June 2017. Mr. Thorvaldsson has worked in the financial markets for over twenty years. From 1997 until 2005 he was Head of Corporate Finance at Kaupthing and in 2005 until 2008 he was CEO of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander in London. Later Mr. Thorvaldsson worked at Ortus Secured Finance in London until 2015 when he joined Virding. Mr. Thorvaldsson headed up Virding´s Corporate Finance division before joining Kvika. Mr. Thorvaldsson has an MBA degree from Boston University and a BA degree in history from the University of Iceland.

Marinó Örn Tryggvason , Deputy CEO

Marinó Örn Tryggvason joined Kvika as Deputy CEO in August 2017. Prior to joining Kvika, Marinó worked at Arion banki from 2002. Marinó served as Vice Managing Direrctor of Asset Management at Arion banki from 2014 until 2017 and as Head of Asset Management of professional clients from 2007 until 2014. Marinó sat on the Board of Vörður Tryggingar in 2016 to 2017. Marinó holds a B.Sc. business degree from the University of Iceland and is a certified securities broker.

Magnus Ingi Einarsson, Managing Director - Finance and Operations

Magnús Ingi Einarsson has over ten years' experience in the financial markets. He joined Risk Management at Kvika (then Straumur-Burdaras) in 2006 and headed the Bank's credit risk from 2009. Mr. Einarsson was Head of Risk Management and later Head of Treasury at Straumur Investment Bank from the bank's establishment until the end of 2014. Since that time, he has served as Managing Director of Finance and Operations. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iceland and an M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. 

Bjarni Eyvinds, Managing Director - Capital Markets 

Bjarni Eyvinds joined Kvika (formerly MP banki) in 2009, after serving as Senior Vice President of Equity sales in Straumur Investment Bank from 2007 to 2009. Prior to joining Kvika, Mr. Eyvinds worked for Reykjavik Savings Bank, MP banki, Islandsbanki, and Straumur Investment Bank. He graduated from the George Washington University with a BBA degree in 2002 and is a certified securities broker.

Ásgeir H. Reykfjörð Gylfason, Managing Director - Corporate Banking

District Court Attorney Ásgeir H. Reykfjörð Gylfason joined Kvika (formerly MP banki) as General Counsel in October 2012 and is currently Managing Director of Corporate Banking. He previously worked as an attorney at LOGOS Legal Services and lawyer at Straumur Investment Bank for several years. Mr. Gylfason is on the faculty of Reykjavik University.

Hannes Frímann Hrólfsson, Managing Director - Asset Management

Hannes Frímann Hrólfsson has over twenty years experience in the financial markets. He joined Kvika as Managing Director of Asset Management in October 2017 through the acquisition of Virðing hf. where Hannes was the CEO. Virðing hf. and Auður Capital merged in 2014 and at that time Hannes was the CEO of Auður Capital. Previously Hannes served as Managing Director and co-founder at Tindar verðbréf. He has worked at Arion banki and Kaupþing as Vice Managing Director of Treasury and Capital Markets. Hannes is a certified securities broker and holds a Cand. Oecon business degree from the University of Iceland and ACI Dealing Certificate in Foreign Exchange and Derivatives.

Baldur Stefánsson, Managing Director - Corporate Finance

Baldur Stefánsson joined Kvika in September 2017. He has over 20 years of experience in private equity and investment banking both in Iceland and internationally. Baldur joined Kvika through the acquisition of the Scandinavian investment bank Beringer Finance´s Icelandic operations where Baldur was the Managing Director. Before joining Beringer Finance Baldur was Managing Partner and co-founder at the financial service firm Arctica Finance for eight years and prior to that Senior Director at Landsbanki´s International Investment Banking arm for five years. Baldur has led many complex cross border and local Corporate Finance, ECM and DCM transactions in various sectors. Baldur studied economics and political science at the University of Iceland between 1992 and 1994 and graduated with a MBA degree from IESE in Barcelona in 2004.

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The following contacts provide information regarding the Bank's operations:

Shareholders and Board of Directors

  • Þorsteinn Pálsson, Chairman of the Board
  • Tel. +354 540 3200

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