Skúli Mogensen | Founder & Chief Executive Officer
WOW air

Skúli Mogensen, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, WOW air

Skúli Mogensen is the founder, CEO and sole owner of WOW air. Prior to founding WOW air Skúli spent 20 years as an entrepreneur and investor, primarily in the Technology, Media and Telecom Industry in North America and Europe. Skúli was awarded The Businessman of the Year Award in Iceland in 2011 and 2016.

Skúli Mogensen co-founded and was CEO of OZ Communications, a mobile software company, while still studying philosophy at the University of Iceland. Skúli grew OZ to over 200 employees and sold over 100 million copies of its messaging software to all the major handset manufactures and mobile operators before selling OZ to Nokia in 2008.

In parallel Skúli also co-founded Islandssimi, which later became Vodafone Iceland and is the second largest mobile operator in Iceland and CAOZ, the largest animation studio in Iceland which created the first full featured 3D animated film in Iceland, Thor - The Legends of Valhalla. He is also the largest investor and board member in Carbon Recycling International which is gaining global recognition for its pioneering work in the green energy field. CRI built the first plant in the world which converts CO2 emissions into Methanol, thus converting waste into energy. In 2010 Skúli led a group of investors to resurrect MP Bank after the total collapse of the Banking sector in Iceland.

Skúli Mogensen is an active patron of the arts and has sponsored a number of exhibitions and artists in Iceland over the years and continues to do so via the WOW air foundation. Other hobbies include extreme skiing, cycling and triathlons. He created the WOW Cyclothon, an annual, unique 1358 km ultra-cycling race around Iceland, where teams and individuals compete and raise funds towards a good cause.


Aviation Festival - Day 2 @ 09:45

Keynote CEO Panel: Following their interviews, our keynote speakers will join a panel discussion, where they will debate some of the biggest challenges facing the industry

  • How can the aviation industry cope with the rapid changes that digital technology brings and how are airline CEOs prioritising digital and mobile only tools and applications?
  • What is the next step for the consolidation in the European market, are low cost carriers still the core innovators in a dramatically changing industry?
  • Passenger connectivity is continually growing, how can we use this to best serve our customers and deliver a more seamless end-to-end experience?
  • What impact will low-cost long-haul travel have on the future of global competition and will we see new feeder partnerships develop?
  • What does the next generation travel experience look like?

Aviation Festival - Day 2 @ 12:45

The evolution of the LCC business model: How far can the convergence between LCCs and FSCs stretch before all models look the same?

  • What is the next step in LCC evolution beyond long haul and feeder traffic partnerships?
  • Are there any traditional LCCs left in established markets?
  • To what extent can LCCs compete for business travellers with FSCs?
  • How is digital technology helping LCCs differentiate their products?

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