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The way the global cold chain currently works is broken. Controlant is fixing it. Our mission is to increase consumer and patient safety, reduce waste, and improve efficiency by connecting the entire global cold chain, end-to-end.

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Supply chain waste is a global epidemic

Controlant develops next generation solutions that help to reduce the staggering losses in the global cold chain.

Those losses currently total over $35 billion worth of perishable food products annually. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year, or approximately 1.3 billion tons, is wasted. In addition, annual pharmaceutical losses add up to an estimated $35 billion globally due to temperature excursions and are expected to increase as patient demand continues to grow. Temperature variations are responsible for the degradation of up to 35 percent of the world's vaccines.

Losses of perishable foods and pharmaceuticals often occur because cold chains have historically lacked on-demand access to actionable data that enables real-time decision-making about a product's quality, safety, or freshness and documents the integrity of delivered assets.

This problem is compounded by the nature of data collection for perishables: many siloed points along the supply chain lack connectivity, and data collected by condition-monitoring devices—while current when it is collected—is not always immediately available for review and analysis to assess and ensure the relative remaining shelf life, quality, or efficacy of products at the end of the supply chain. The lack of visibility has limited businesses to decision-making based on collecting data only at the end points of the product journey, and often only after degradation or wastage has occurred.

Real-time, on demand visibility solutions and services for the global cold chain

Controlant delivers powerful, real-time monitoring and traceability solutions and services for digitally connected cold chains, tracking shipments by rail, road, air, and sea. Our unique and cost-effective model, Cold-Chain-as-a-Service (CHaaS), provides end-to-end visibility, risk mitigation, and control through the last-mile.

Our solutions empower those responsible for cold chain performance to stay abreast of critical metrics in real-time when their shipments or assets are in-transit, addressing problems quickly when they arise. Data analytics provide customers with deeper insights to fuel future decision-making and collaboration throughout their entire business ecosystem.






Founded in 2007

San Francisco

Opened in 2015


Gisli Herjolfsson

Co-Founder, CEO

Mr. Herjolfsson co-founded Controlant, a global company that offers next-generation Cold Chain solutions as a Service (CHaaS). He has driven the vision, culture, and growth of the company for the last 10 years.

Erlingur Brynjulfsson

Co-Founder, CTO

Mr. Brynjulfsson co-founded Controlant and has served as its Chief Technology Officer since 2007, leading all product R&D, design, and development. Mr. Brynjulfsson holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iceland.

Gudmundur Arnason


Mr. Arnason has served as Controlant’s CFO since 2015. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Reykjavik University.

Anna Karlsdottir

Quality Manager

Ms. Karlsdottir has served as Controlant's Quality Manager and Chief Service Officer since 2015. She holds an M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iceland.

Vally Helgadottir


Ms. Helgadottir has served as Controlant's Chief Services Officer since 2018. She holds a Master of Project Management (MPM) from the University of Iceland.

Jessie VanderVeen

VP Marketing and Communications

Ms. VanderVeen leads Controlant's marketing and communications programs. She carries more than 15 years of experience working in marketing, operational, and business development roles, including for enterprise SaaS, She earned a Doctor of Law from NYU Law and a Master's in Leadership & Policy from Temple University.

Stefan Karlsson

VP People and Culture

Mr. Karlsson co-founded Controlant and previously served as its Chief Operating Officer and a member of its board of directors. Mr. Karlsson earned a Bachelors in Business Administration from Bifrost University and an MBA from Reykjavik University.

Sales and business development

Adalheidur Palmadottir

Business Development Director

Astvaldur Johannsson

Business Development, AMEA

Brett Finkelstein

VP Sales, Americas

Ranald Haig

Business Development Director

Advisory board

Philippe Hemard

25 years of experience in global end-to end supply chain logistics (18 years at Amazon EU).

Rob Bailey

Enterprise blockchain investor. 15+ years of startup/tech experience (Yahoo!, Kustomer, DataSift, SimpleGeo, eScene).

Chris Scoggins

20 years of experience as a tech entrepreneur, executive, and investor (Datalogix, acquired by Oracle).

Yoram Eshel

30 years in global pharma supply chain (14 years at Teva).

Jeremy Schneider

15 years in food quality and safety and regulatory expertise (previously at Chipotle).

Contributing to the greater good

Millions of children and adults in low-resource settings live without access to life-saving medicines and vaccines. Controlant is proudly partnering with organizations that seek to help all people lead healthy, productive lives by bringing innovative technologies that improve the living conditions in developing areas. Through these efforts, our cold chain monitoring technology is helping to safely deliver vaccines and medicines throughout Africa.

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Grensavegur 7, 108 Reykjavik, Iceland

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San Francisco

470 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Who we are

At Controlant, our mission is to increase consumer and patient safety, reduce waste, and foster collaboration throughout the global supply chain.

What we value

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We believe in fostering creativity and innovation.

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We believe in transparency in our work and with our customers.

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We believe in setting the standard for quality.

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We believe in making work enjoyable; it keeps us coming back.


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