Blue MBA appoints Reynir Gislason as Ambassador to champion the renowned maritime business strategy course in the Latin American region
Senior maritime executive Reynir Gislason is to become the first Latin American Ambassador for the world-renowned Blue MBA – the Executive MBA in Shipping & Logistics at Copenhagen Business School.
Thorbjorn Reynir Gislason is the fourth person to be appointed a Blue MBA Ambassador, as the part-time degree course for specialist managers extends its global reach. Mr Gislason will advocate in the patchwork of Luso-Hispanic countries – some of which are currently experiencing dramatic business growth – the educational mission of the Blue MBA, and serve as leader and liaison for present and former alumni of the programme.
Irene Rosberg, programme director for the Blue MBA, said: ”Mr Gislason has a great deal of experience within so many different segments of the industry, where he has long been prominent in executive positions. He will take forward our goal of encouraging participation by rising professionals in the shipping industry in Latin America in our unique programme that takes management education to new levels.
“We have been proud to welcome Mr Gislason among those taking the current Blue MBA course which leads to graduation in August 2015.”
Mr Gislason has a record of leading the organisations he has served to increased profits and growth, while containing costs.
He has been president of IFS Group, one of the largest international freight forwarding firms in Peru, since 2008. IFS Group has a substantial network of overseas offices and partners, and Mr Gislason sees his primary role as strengthening the international side of the business and establishing additional logistics service units. He has a reputation in this sector for his expertise in global logistics systems for temperature controlled and dry goods. From May 2006 until January 2008 he held the prestigious post of president and chief executive of Eimskip North America. This is a unit of the ocean shipping company Eimskip Group, which has its home base in Reykjavik, Iceland. Mr Gislason facilitated its North American expansion in the cold storage market through major acquisitions of the Canadian companies Atlas Cold Storage and Versacold. He then became president and chief executive of Atlas Cold Storage.
Previously he was president and chief executive of Fracht USA/Fracht AG, part of the Switzerland-based project logistics freight forwarders Fracht Group. Before that he was director of logistics for Vestas Wind Systems North America, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer; and earlier president and chief executive of the North America division of Samskip Lines, the second largest Icelandic shipping company with diverse operations in North Europe and the Baltic. In the early 1990s, he was marketing and sales director for Ambrosio Shipping, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eimskip USA.
A colleague who worked with Mr Gislason in one of his major posts said: “Reynir displayed a rare combination of superlative leadership skills, outstanding technical knowledge, razor-sharp business acumen, and visionary management style unique in my experience.”
Ms Rosberg said: “We consider that all of our graduates are our ambassadors, but by formally appointing Blue MBA Ambassadors in the global regions we are reinforcing the value of our international network and the dedicated work of our tutors.”
Earlier appointees as Blue MBA Ambassador were Erle Kristin Wagle, Oslo-based manager of environmental performance at BW Fleet Management; Capt Michael P Elwert, Singapore-based director of group strategy, human relations and support at Thome Group; and Henrik M Christensen, chief executive of Guinea Shipping Corp and founder of China Logistics Club.
Since 2001, the Blue MBA, which has accreditations from top educational bodies, has graduated more than 162 executives from 45 countries.