Gardabaer, Iceland, 24-9-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — Marel has appointed Vidar Erlingsson as Head of Global Innovation. The position is new at Marel. The Head of Global Innovation will become a member of Marel’s Executive Team and report directly to Arni Oddur Thordarson, CEO of Marel.
Arni Oddur Thordarson 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.
Marel is the leading global provider of advanced equipment, systems and services to the fish, meat and poultry industries. Our brands – Marel, Stork Poultry Processing and Townsend Further Processing – are among the most respected in the industry. Together, we offer the convenience of a single source to meet our customers’ every need. With offices and subsidiaries in over 30 countries and a global network of more than 100 agents and distributors, we work side-by-side with our customers to extend the boundaries of food processing performance.