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CEO, CCP Games
As Chief Executive Officer of CCP since 2004, Hilmar has led the company’s continuing success and explosive growth. Overseeing the 2006 expansion of CCP operations to Shanghai, China as well as a strategic merger with Atlanta-based White Wolf Publishing, Hilmar has brought CCP to the forefront of the video game industry as a widely recognized innovator in the areas of virtual world development, publishing, and technology. Named as one of the 20 Most Influential People in the MMO Industry in 2007 and 2008 by Beckett Massive Online Gamer Magazine, Hilmar is frequently sought after as an engaging public speaker, delivering thought-provoking presentations and keynote addresses for many prestigious industry-, technology-, and business-related events including the Edinburgh Interactive Festival, Nordic Game Conference, and the Austin Game Developer’s Conference.
Originally joining CCP in 2000 as CTO, Hilmar spearheaded the engineering efforts necessary to bring CCP’s critically acclaimed EVE Online to life in 2003. Previously, Hilmar was CTO of SmartVR, an OZ.com spin-off based on that company’s multi-user virtual reality technology, and following his tenure as VP of software development for the OZ Studios division of OZ.com. He is active on a number of boards and committees relating to Icelandic information technology and innovation. Hilmar has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Iceland.