Reykjavik, Iceland (PRWEB) January 03, 2012
It was announced on the 29th of December 2011 that the CEO of Mannvit, Dr. Eyjólfur Árni Rafnsson, was named Iceland’s Business Man of the Year by a selection committee organized by the prominent Icelandic business magazine Frjáls Verslun (Free trade). The award was presented to Dr. Rafnsson at a formal ceremony in Reykjavik, by Katherine Jakobsdóttir, the Minister of Culture and Education at an event hosted by the Frjáls Verslun magazine.
During the ceremony, Dr. Rafnsson was quoted as saying, “While I am honored by this award, this occasion would not be possible were it not for our employees. Mannvit’s success is, and will continue to be, a team effort. For that I offer my thanks and gratitude to our staff members for their hard work and perseverance during these challenging economic times.” Dr. Rafnsson went on to say, “Our profession [consulting engineering] has generally had a low profile in the Iceland business community, and therefore I feel that this is a particularly special recognition for Mannvit; the first of its kind in our field.”
The selection criteria were rigorous, and were based primarily on a company’s organization, growth and profitability. The selection committee was highly impressed with Mannvit’s financial results in general, and specifically, Dr. Rafnsson’s management and business development acumen, which have helped Mannvit not only survive during Iceland’s significant economic slowdown, but to grow and thrive.
The latest edition of Frjáls Verslun contains an extensive interview with Eyjólfur Árni as well as a comprehensive and positive overview of the company and its operations.
Mannvit is the result of a merger of three prominent and well established engineering companies in Iceland. Four years into this successful merger, the company is now one of the largest in Iceland, with over 400 employees working in Iceland and abroad. With operations and affiliations in Europe, the U.K, North and South America, the company has been particularly successful of late in the fields of renewable energy, and power intensive industries.