Lars Erik Grønntun | Influence 100 2022
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Lars Erik Grønntun


Lars Erik Grønntun stepped down from his role as Hill+Knowlton Strategies global president in May of 2020, going in-house to join Norwegian game-based educational platform Kahoot as chief operating and chief marketing officer. Grønntun manages the company's operational agenda as well as developing Kahoot's global communications strategy.

The move came after nearly a decade in H+K senior leadership roles, and 18 years with the firm in total: he joined in 2002 when Gambit, the Norwegian consultancy he founded, was acquired by H+K. Grønntun had served as one of two global presidents since October 2018, when he and Richard Millar were elevated. Grønntun led H+K’s international portfolio, taking responsibility for the major markets of UK, Germany, Canada and Greater China, as well as the Asia, LatAm, METIA, Continental Europe and Nordics clusters. He also continued to oversee the global operations agenda.

Jack Martin, H+K’s global chairman until he stood down last year, noted that Grønntun “sets an example for what true leadership looks like. As with all great leaders, Lars Erik consistently provides encouragement and inspiration to those around him, and the results of that are clear — he lifts the team up.”