OSLO — Pan-European business strategy and communications consultancy BoldT has grown its senior team in the Nordic region with the appointment of two partners in Oslo.

Ness (pictured, right) previously ran his own communications agency in Norway. He also worked as a senior advisor at Scandinavian agency Geelmuyden Kiese, as well as being a journalist at the Norwegian Financial daily and a published novelist.

Brein-Karlsen (left) joins BoldT after serving for three years as head of public affairs and communication in Huawei Technologies for Norway. He spent 10 years working in national politics in Norway, including nearly five years as state secretary in the Ministry of Justice And Public Security.

In addition to working with existing clients, both partners will be driving new business in Norway and across BoldT’s other European markets.

BoldT founding partner Morten Petterson said the appointments were a result of growing client demand in Oslo and across the company for senior level counsel: “I could not be prouder to welcome Ole and Vidar. They are two fantastic talents and I am confident that our current and future clients will greatly benefit from their diverse backgrounds and experiences. The Oslo office has seen explosive growth over the past several years and I look forward to continuing our expansion in Norway and throughout the Nordics in the coming years.”

Ness said: “I have known Morten for many years and have eagerly witnessed the incredible growth of the company. I am glad to be joining such a seasoned and experienced team and look forward to working with the entire group to help continue to grow the business in Norway and across Europe. Communications needs strategy, and strategy needs communication, and BoldT’s unique perspective is a true differentiator.”

Brein-Karlsen added: “When I was first approached to join BoldT, I was immediately taken by the firm’s unique approach helping transform companies and organisations. The company has an exciting roster of clients and I look forward to immediately beginning helping them navigate the issues they face.”

Other recent hires at the agency include Raphaël Delli joining as a new financial services partner in Brussels.