Ragnvald Svarstad (1950-) started at Gudbrandsdalens Uldvarefabrik in 1976. He was production manager for years and then general manager for a time.
He has an HND from The Scottish College of Textiles and a DMS from The Polytechnic of Central London/UK. Svarstad is a specialist in production of wool fabrics and has a thorough knowledge of the Norwegian folk costume, the Bunad, and various fabrics. He was appointed Danish Consul in 1995 and has the Order of the Dannebrog: Knight 1st Class. Svarstad has been the director of Gudbrandsdalens Uldvarefabrik AS since 1979 and the family Svarstad Foundation for Advancement of Education since 1987.