Aquaculture genetics company Benchmark Genetics Iceland has hired Benedikt Halfdanarson as general manager. He will start on March 1.

Current CEO of Benchmark Genetics Iceland, Jonas Jonasson, is stepping down and will continue as global production director for salmon in Benchmark Genetics, which is a role he has held since 2019.

Halfdanarson has an MBA from the University of Iceland and a Master's in marketing science from the Norwegian School of Management.

Halfdanarson's proven record from bringing the company Vaki Aquaculture Systems from a local business to a global aquaculture tech company is impressive, Jonasson said.

Vaki Aquaculture is an animal health fish and aquaculture company owned by MSD.