The position is new at Marel. The Head of Global Innovation will become a member of Marel’s executive team and report directly to Árni Oddur Thórdarson, CEO of Marel.
Árni Oddur Thórdarson, CEO:
“This appointment reflects Marel’s ongoing commitment to innovation. As Head of Global Innovation, Vidar will be responsible for driving and implementing the global innovation vision and strategy of Marel across the organization, prioritizing further innovation activities and shorten the “time to market”.
Vidar has shown great leadership talent and I am convinced that he will in his new role successfully lead the innovation team. Under his leadership the team will continue to bring break-through solutions to the market. In addition to increased yield and throughput, Marel solutions increase quality, safety and sustainability of food processing. Continuous flow of innovative solutions is a key driver of Marel’s organic growth.”
Vidar Erlingsson is 39 years old and is an experienced manager of innovative teams with a proven record of entrepreneurial leadership. He was instrumental in developing the Sensor X technology within Marel and played a key role in bringing the solution to commercial success.
The Sensor X plays essential role in increasing food safety and quality as many of the most forward looking global food processors use the solution to detect bones and other contaminants. The technology is now moving into other areas such as minced meat fat analyzes and control unit in precise cutting of poultry, meat and fish.
Vidar has a M.Sc. degree in engineering from DTU in Denmark and a B.Sc. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Iceland. He has been with Marel’s innovation team for the last 14 years thereof heading the Product Center Inspection for the last 4 years.