Arnar Thor Masson

Arnar Thor Masson has been on Marel's Board of Directors since 2001, was its vice-chairman from 2013-2021, and became its Chairman in 2021.

Chairman of the Board

Arnar Thor Masson is the former Chief Human Resources and Strategy Officer at Isavia, a company that handles the operations and development of all airports in Iceland. Before that, Masson was an alternate director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, an investment and development bank that works primarily with private sector clients in developing economies. Before joining EBRD, he was Director-General in the Prime Minister’s Office in Iceland, overseeing organizational changes and coordinating the implementation of cross-cutting policy and strategic initiatives.

Prior to that, he worked in the Ministry of Finance and was responsible for public sector reforms, performance management, and state-owned enterprise governance. From 2000-2008 Masson held an Adjunct Lecturer position at the Department of Political Science of the University of Iceland. Masson has experience in corporate strategy, human resources, corporate social responsibility and finance and has worked with emerging markets. He has done executive courses for board directors both at Harvard Business School in the US and IMD in Switzerland.

He has no interest links with Marel's main customers' competitors or major shareholders


  • MSc, Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BA, Political Science, University of Iceland


  • 2021 Chairman of the Board
  • 2013 Vice-chairman
  • 2001 Board Director


  • Remuneration Committee (chair)
  • Nomination Committee

Holdings in Marel

  • 0 (as of year-end 2020)

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