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Benchmark Genetics Iceland names new general manager

Benedikt Hálfdanarson is the new general manager and Jonas Jonasson is stepping down as CEO.

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Benni Halfdanarson is the new general manager of Benchmark Genetics Iceland HF. Photo: Private
February 27, 2023

Benchmark Genetics Iceland appointed Benedikt (Benni) Hálfdanarson as general manager. Hálfdanarson has a proven track record in international business and extensive experience in management in the aquaculture industry.

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 in since 2019. Jonas has been with the company since 1996, first as genetics and broodstock manager, and since 2006 as the CEO. He is recognized in the industry as the architect behind developing the production method of producing broodstock on land for the supply of salmon ova all year round. The technique was first developed in Iceland and later implemented in Norway for the Salten facility and is now also in Chile.

“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. I have the backing of the entire team in Iceland in welcoming Benedikt to his new role in Benchmark. It has been such a privilege to have been able to lead the company into its present state as a world-leading salmon egg supplier for the past 18 years as CEO, with our fantastic staff,” said Jonasson.

“I have followed the company from StofnFiskur to becoming the globally recognized 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. 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,” said Hálfdanarson.