Senior Management

Vidar Thorkelsson

Vidar Thorkelsson, Chief Executive Officer

Vidar Thorkelsson joined Valitor as Chief Executive Officer in 2010. He was previously CEO of the real-estate company Reitir and has extensive management experience in the commercial sector, both the financial sector and holding companies. For a number of years he held management roles with Landsbanki Islands, Vodafone Island and 365 Media. 

Vidar holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Iceland and an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker Management Center, USA.

Kristjan Hardarson

Kristjan Hardarson, Global Partnerships

Kristjan accepted the position of Executive Director for Global Partnerships in February 2015. He came to Valitor as Executive Director of Marketing and Business Development in 2008. He had previously served as a Executive Director at Spron Savings Bank from 2001 - 2008.


He holds an B.Sc. degree in Marketing and an M.A. in International Marketing from the University of Alabama, USA.

Steinunn Sigurbjornsdottir

Steinunn Sigurbjornsdottir, Executive Director Operations

Steinunn Sigurbjornsdottir has led the IT function at Valitor since 2009. She began working for the Company in 1996, first as a software specialist and later as Manager of Software Development. Steinunn worked previously with Cap Gemini and Kommunedata in Denmark, as well as Stock Market Íslandsbanka.

Steinunn graduated as a systems analyst from Reykjavík University.

Sigurður Ingvar Ámundason

Sigurður Ingvar Ámundason, Executive Director Product Development & Innovation

Sigurður began working for Valitor in 2007 as a computer specialist in the development of Valitor’s business solutions. Sigurður took over as Head of Product Development and Innovation at the beginning of 2013. He was previously employed as a computer specialist at Maritech.

Sigurður completed his BSc degree in computer sciences from Reykjavík University in 2006.

Birkir Jóhannsson

Birkir Jóhannsson, Chief Financial Officer

Birkir joined Valitor as Chief financial officer in March 2015. Previously, he worked as a corporate financial consultant in the Investment Bank Division of Arion Bank from 2010-2015. Prior to Arion Bank, he worked for Attorneys at Hofdabakki and Landsbanki.

Birkir holds an MCF degree in corporate finance from the University of Reykjavík. In addition, he completed a law degree from the University of Iceland. Birkir is a licensed securities broker and is certified as a District Court lawyer.
Halldór Bjarkar Lúðvígsson

Halldór Bjarkar Lúðvígsson, Managing Director

Halldor joined Valitor as Managing Director Valitor Direct Channel in September 2016. Prior to that Halldór was a board member in Valitor since 2014. 

Between 2011 and 2016 Halldór worked as managing director of Investment Banking at Arion Bank hf. Between 2010 and 2011 Halldór was managing director of Corporate Finance and Recovery in the same bank. In 2009 he worked for Kaupthing’s Resolution Committee as managing director of the bank’s Nordic asset portfolio. From 2005 to 2008 he worked in the corporate banking division of Kaupthing Bank where he supervised lending activities in Scandinavia. Between 1992 and 2005 Halldór held a number of management positions, including the position of CEO at Maritech A/S, an international company which sells technical solutions for the fishing industry. Halldór has held a number of non-executive positions on public and private boards, both in Iceland and abroad. Halldór graduated with a degree in engineering from the University of Iceland in 1991 and a BSc in computer science in 1992 from the same university. He is also a certified stock broker.