Feb 29, 2012
Olaf J. Olafsson is the author of several novels, including Absolution (Pantheon, 1994), The Journey Home (Pantheon, 2000), and Walking Into The Night (Pantheon, 2003), as well as a collection of short stories, Valentines (Pantheon, 2007). He was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and studied as a Wien Scholar at Brandeis University, where he received his degree in physics.
When he is not writing novels, Olafsson is also Executive Vice President, International and Corporate Strategy of Time Warner, responsible for the company's corporate strategy and investments. Before this position, he was Vice Chairman of Time Warner Digital Media where he was responsible for developing strategic business plans for Time Warner's diverse digital media businesses and identifying emerging growth opportunities for the company in the digital realm.
Previously, as founder, president and chief executive officer of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Inc., a unit of Sony Corporation established in 1991, Olafsson built and managed its businesses in the United States and Europe. During his six-year tenure, he directed the worldwide operations of Sony's entertainment software and hardware divisions and was responsible for the introduction of the acclaimed PlayStation. He held several other positions at Sony, having begun his career at the company in 1986.