PayAnalytics was founded when a frustrated HR manager came to us after several well-intentioned, yet unsuccessful, efforts to address his firm’s gender pay gap through annual salary reviews. Looking back, he realized that the pay gap had not shrunk, and he had no obvious answer on how best to close the gap. PayAnalytics solves this problem, offering a suite of compensation analytics tools focused on helping companies measure and close their gender pay gaps.
Two of the founders, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Bjarnadottir are both experienced in operations research and data analytics consulting, solving problems using mathematical modeling. Combined, they have 10 years of consulting experience and 3 years of experience in software development. As professors in business schools, their job is to communicate complex analytics to non-technical audiences. They also have multiple scholarly publications applying analytics in finance, health care and sports, and most importantly People Analytics.
Dr. Margret Vilborg Bjarnadottir is an Associate Professor of Management Science and Statistics at Robert H. Smith School of Business. Dr. Bjarnadottir holds a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Iceland and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Over the past few years Margrét has focused in part on people analytics, and the pay gap in particular. In 2016 she co-founded PayAnalytics to apply data analytics to eliminate the gender pay gap. PayAnalytics changes how organizations measure, and more importantly, close the gender pay gap by arming HR managers with quantitative decision-making tools. Her work on pay equity has been covered by outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, BBC, HR magazine and others. Most recently she was awarded the GWIIN - overall inventor innovator platinum award for her innovative approach to addressing pay equity, and last year she was named the University Woman of the Year in Iceland for the impact of her pay equity work.
Dr. David Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Analytics at the Villanova School of Business. He has worked as an analytics consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and Elder Research, for a variety of government and commercial clients. David received his Ph.D. in operations management from the University of Maryland. His undergraduate degree is in Applied Math from The College of William and Mary.
Sigurjon Palsson was the COO of Arion Bank from 2011 to 2017. He was consequently the senior manager for HR when the bank in 2015 became the first large enterprise in Iceland to get a certification based on the Equal Pay Standard, which has now been put into law in Iceland. Sigurjon is a Civil Engineer from the University of Iceland and has two master’s degrees, one in Construction Management from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden (KTH) and one in Logistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Gudrun Thorgeirsdottir was the CBDO of Skeljungur, a large oil distributer and retailer, from 2013 to 2014 and the CFO from 2014 to 2016. Gudrun has prior experience as a Chief Risk Officer, as an investment manager and is a certified securities broker. Gudrun is an experienced board member and has served on the board of directors of insurance companies, financial companies and retail and service companies. Gudrun has a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iceland and an MBA from HEC School of Management in France.
Gardar Hauksson is the CTO of PayAnalytics. He is a Software Engineer with extensive experience in development and management of software projects. He has worked on a communication platform at Google, web backend infrastructure at dohop.com, app development at Gangverk which he co-founded and on medical software at Nox Medical. Gardar holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iceland and Boston University respectively.
Renata comes from Krónan, one of Iceland’s largest supermarket chains, where she led the Business Development. She has over ten years of experience in creating and launching tech products, previously at Landsbankinn, Meniga and CCP. She has been a frequent guest lecturer in both Reykjavik University and University of Iceland. Renata Holds a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Iceland and M.Sc. Degree in Management Science and Engineering from Columbia University.
With an extensive background in IT and finance, Asgeir combines over 10 years of information technology work with 13 years of corporate finance experience. From 2002 to 2007, Asgeir held the position of Chief Technical Officer of Maritech International. Asgeir was VP of Corporate Finance at Arion Bank from 2010 to 2017 and Fossar Markets Sweden from 2018 to 2020. Asgeir holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and M.Sc. in Corporate Finance from the University of Iceland.
Leopold is a Front-End engineer and designer. He has a degree in Architecture from TU Berlin and studied Computer Science at Reykjavik University. He has been working for Digital Agencies as a User-Interface and Front-End developer since 2012. His experience ranges from development of UI for banking and insurance applications, to building marketing focused digital campaigns. His roster of clients includes companies in fields such as finance, pharma, energy, tourism, insurance and tech. On top of this Leopold is an experienced manager in the fields of media and culture.
Vidir Ragnarsson is the Head of Client Services at PayAnalytics and serves our customers in developing their structures towards eliminating pay gaps. Vidir leads the consulting to our customers on their initiatives towards equality and equal pay. Vidir has over ten years of experience in HR from Reykjavík Energy Group. He has led the development of the equal pay system and, in his last role, directed the companies’ diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Vidir works across PayAnalytics, helping with the development of the PayAnalytics software application, marketing, and business relations.
David Gaddis Ross is the R. Perry Frankland Professor at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration. Before that, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Columbia Business School. His research examines the governance of firms, with a particular focus on gender issues in top management, and the formal foundations of strategy. He received a Ph.D. in economics from New York University’s Stern School of Business, a M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and a B.S. in computer-science/mathematics and economics from Binghamton University. Prior to becoming an academic, David worked for over a decade on Wall Street, where he advised governments and firms on mergers & acquisitions, restructuring, privatization, and cross-border tax and accounting arbitrage. He has extensive experience applying quantitative methods to solving real business problems and explaining technical subjects to non-technical audiences.
Cristian Dezső is an Associate Professor in the Logistics Business & Public Policy department at the University of Maryland’s R.H. Smith School of Business. His research examines the impact of top managers’ attributes, in particular gender, on firm policies, such as pay and promotions, and financial performance. In addition, his applied game theory research examines issues related to firm reputation, technology adoption, and international firm expansion. He received a Ph.D. in economics and international business from New York University’s Stern School of Business, an M.A. in economics from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and a B.A. in business from the “Babes-Bolyai” University in Cluj, Romania. Prior to joining the Smith School of Business, Cristian worked in consulting, specializing in applying economic analysis to issues ranging from antitrust to complex litigation.