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Benchmark Genetics Iceland appoints new general manager 

April 17, 2023  By Hatchery International staff

Benchmark Genetics Iceland HF announced the appointment of Benedikt (Benni) Hálfdanarson as general manager. 

Jonas Jonasson is stepping down as CEO of Benchmark Genetics Iceland and will continue as the global production director for salmon in Benchmark Genetics, a role he has served since 2019.  Jonas has been with the company since 1996, first as genetics and broodstock manager and since 2006 as the CEO. 

“I am convinced that Benedikt has the skills and experience needed to continue the successful journey of Benchmark Genetics Iceland. I know him as a collaborative and inspiring leader who can get the best out of his staff. His proven records from bringing the company Vaki Aquaculture Systems from a local business to a global aquaculture tech company are impressive,” said Jonasson.

In addition to his management experience, Hálfdanarson has an MBA from the University of Iceland and a Master’s in Marketing Science from the Norwegian School of Management – BI. 

“I have followed the company from StofnFiskur to becoming the globally recognised genetics supplier of salmon ova and lumpfish fry, Benchmark Genetics Iceland, and it is with a great deal of humility that I now take over the responsibilities of managing the business from Jonas,” said Hálfdanarson. “I am impressed by the level of knowledge of the Icelandic team, and I look forward to drawing on their experience, combining my expertise from the industry and collaborating on developing the business further.”

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