Olaf Olafsson Biography
Olaf Olafsson (full name Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson) was
born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1962. He studied physics as a Wien Scholar
at Brandeis University,
Massachusetts, in the
early 1980s. He is the author of several
novels and a collection of short stories; his work has been translated into at
least 14 languages.
He is also Executive Vice
President of Time Warner, responsible for the company's corporate strategy,
mergers, acquisitions and investments. Prior to that, he was Vice Chairman of
Time Warner Digital Media where he was responsible for developing strategic
business plans for Time Warners diverse digital media businesses and
identifying emerging growth opportunities for the company in the digital realm.
His career in technology began when, in an effort to persuade Olafsson to
stay in the Ph.D. program, a professor enlisted the help of then-head of Sony
Corp America. Instead the executive offered Olafsson a job in Silicon
Valley, which he accepted. Over the next few years he founded and headed
Sony's digital entertainment division.
He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.
Absolution (1994) Spanning a boyhood in Iceland to the Nazi occupation
of Denmark to modern-day Manhattan, Absolution plumbs the darkest corners of a sinister mind and a
Journey Home (2000): Disa, a character reminiscent of the butler in
Kazua Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, is a successful, attentive
restaurateur and proprietress at an English country hotel. When she learns she
has but a year to live, the news serves as the catalyst for a final trip home to
Iceland -- a journey she has postponed for 20 years.
Walking Into The Night (2003): The life story of William Randolph
Hearsts fictional butler.
Valentines (2007, stories).
This biography was last updated on 07/03/2011.
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