Leadership

Inger Johanne Stenberg

Account Director / Lead Debate facilitation, media- and presentation training
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Inger Johanne is part of the Corporate Communcations team, and her main focus is the energy industry. She is based in Gambit H+K’s Stavanger office. She works with a range of clients, both with strategic advise and content production.

Before joining Gambit she worked as an anchor for the regional TV news at the national broadcaster NRK in Stavanger, as well as a reporter with main focus on oil, energy and business.  While working for NRK she covered several of the most serious HSE incidents on the Norwegian continental shelf. 

She has journalistic experience from the trade publishing house Petromedia, as well from videojournalism in Norways largest newspaper, VG.

She has also worked as a trainee at the Norwegian embassy in Riga, Latvia. Her work consisted of attending meetings and events on behalf of the embassy, and writing memos to the ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Inger Johanne holds a bachelor’s degree in TV and radio journalism from Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communications in Kristiansand, Norway. She has also studied Russian language and politics at the University of Oslo, in St. Petersburg, Russia and in Riga, Latvia. In addition she has studied film and television science at Lillehammer University College in Norway.


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Karen Brynildsen

Account Manager / Creator / Lead Young Audiences
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Karen is always looking for the best way to tell important stories through video, photo and text. She has a passion for combining creative ideas with effective use of digital channels. Her many years as a reporter, editor and head of social media at the youth magazine TOPP has given her unique insights in how to trigger young audiences.

At Gambit H+K, Karen works with creative concept development, channel strategy and content production for several large clients, such as McDonald’s, Hydro, Vår Energi and Nespresso. In 2018, she was the lead creative on the relaunch of DNB Ung, and was responsible for everything from idea development to content and communication strategy.

Karen is a trained journalist, specializing in television, from the Oslo Met and Curtin University in Perth, and has completed Difi’s course in Clear Language. In 2019 she won the Cannes YOUNG LIONS PR award in Norway. 


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Mari Zare

Account Manager / Campaign Manager
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Mari is a part of the marketing communications team at Gambit H+K. She operates between concept creators, designers, copywriters and strategic advisors. Mari assures high quality across campaigns and production and makes sure that goals are met. Her expertise lies in strategy and branding, logos and identity, concept creation and digital communication. 

Prior to Gambit H+K, Mari worked as an operations manager in RED and as an account manager at Chili Publications. Mari has broad experience from managing both large and small projects for a wide variety of customers. Amongst these are Bama, Bohus, P4 and TV3. 

Mari holds a BBA from BI Business School, in addition to studies in art and architecture. 


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Tonje Skjervold

Account Director / Lead Content + Publishing Strategy
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Tonje is a part of the marketing department at Gambit H+K. She works with strategic communication, PR, branding, digital communication and marketing. 

Tonje has previously headed the marketing department of Norway’s largest book publisher, Cappelen Damm. She has more than ten years of experience from the media industry, working in the editorial staff at NRK, Dagens Næringsliv, D2, Aftenposten and Egmont Publishing. 

Tonje holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, social geography and media science from the University of Oslo. She also has a Master of Management from BI Norwegian Business School in Strategic Management. 


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Andreas Buøen

Senior Account Director / Sector lead fin.com. and change management
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Andreas has more than 15 years of experience within corporate- and financial communications, issues management and media relations.

Prior to joining Gambit H+K Strategies, he worked as senior advisor at the corporate and public affairs firm ZYNK Communication & Leadership. He has also worked at the renowned communications firm KREAB in Stockholm and Oslo, during which he was involved in several cross-border transactions and pan-Nordic projects. In Norway, he has been a communications advisor in two of the largest IPOs during the last couple of years.

In addition to being an advisor, Andreas has worked as Head of Media & PR at the investment firm and incubator IQUBE in Stockholm and Singapore, and with market entry and international roll out for the Swedish retail brand Efva Attling, based in Sweden and China.

Andreas is bilingual in both Swedish and Norwegian, written and spoken and is used to working on cross-border projects. He has previously been retained as spokesperson for companies such as CHC Helikopter Service and Amazon Prime in Norway.


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Anders Bergsaker

Senior Account Director / Sector lead Real estate
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Anders is part of the Public Affairs team at Gambit Hill+Knowlton. His key competences is within strategy,PR, sustainability, policy, public affairs, real estate and workers- and employers associations.

Anders has extensive experience as a senior advisor on Public Affairs. A selection of his previous and current clients are GORE Group, Uber, Gasum Group, Microsoft, Atea, Accenture, Alstom, Scandinavian Property Group, Aspelin Ramm real-estate and the Norwegian Society for Protection of Animals.

Anders was an advisor to the leader of the Liberal party in Parliament, political advisor to the president and CEO of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises and to the Vice Mayor of Urban Development in Oslo. He has been a board member of COMM and is a former deputy member of Oslo City Council, representing the Liberal party in the Standing Committee of Finance.


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Simen A. Johannessen

Senior Account Director / Team leader/ Lead Travel and leisure / Lead Sustainability
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Simen is a senior communication professional with extensive expertise from the corporate world. He works across sectors with a broad range of strategic and operational communication challenges. He heads the travel practice for H+K in Norway.

Simen has a particular strength in reputation management, issues management, marketing strategy and media relations. Amongst his clients are SAS, Hurtigruten, Innovation Norway, Fjord Line, Hertz, DNB, MENY, Vinmonopolet og MondelēzPrior to Gambit H+K, Simen was the Nordic Marketing and Communication Director at the Hogg Robinson Group. 

Simen holds a Master of Science in International Hotel Management from Cornell University . He is also a well renowned blogger, and Norway’s most read blogger on US politics. In 2019 he published a book on how companies should manage their reputation. 


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Vegard Bjørtuft

Senior Account Director / Lead Events and Sponsorship
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Vegard is a senior communications advisor with extensive expertise from event marketing and sponsor activation. He works across sectors with a broad range of events and operational communication challenges. 

Specifically, he has a particular strength from marketing strategy & event marketing, including event planning, execution and follow-up. A selection of his client history lists both international and national businesses and organizations e.g. Innovation Norway, Norges Bank, Huawei, LG, Phonect, Arcus, Nespresso, Fana SparebankLundin Norway, Equinor, NORAD, Hurtigruten, Specsaversand City of Oslo, Agency for Planning and Building Services.

Vegard also holds experience in sports marketing, sports communications, sponsorship strategy and activation. 


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Scott Allan

Account Director / Team leader / Creative lead Norway
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Scott is the Creative Director at Gambit Hill+Knowlton. He has been responsible for the development of several award-winning communication and marketing campaigns – in both Norway and abroad.

Scott manages “Seven Steps”, H+K’s method for creative concept development. He has also led the development of “Blink”, the company’s own methodology for facilitating creative workshops which is used in all creative processes. Scott has extensive experience in facilitating project meetings and creative workshops.

Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Television Science from The Inland College and Goldsmiths University of London and has studied Masters in journalism at the University of Oslo and Oslo Met.


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Emely Sjøsåsen

Senior Account Executive / Lead SoMe
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In her work with digital communication and channels, Emely has an insight-driven, creative and systematic approach. Her interests and experience stretch from marketing communication to campaigns and political communication.

She has previously worked with some of the biggest companies in Norway and has great skills both as a strategic and operational resource.

In Gambit H+K she works in the marketing communication department. She has previously worked with clients such as Norsk Hydro, Statkraft, Norad, Oslo Municipality and Nespresso.

Emely was educated in Creative Marketing at Kristiania University College


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Gunn Markseth

Finance Manager
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Gunn the Finance Manager in Gambit H+K med. Her responsibilities are staff and finance. She has experience from working at  PwC, Braathens and Avishuset Dagbladet/Berner Gruppen. Gunn is a cand. econ from Norges Handelshøyskole in Bergen with specialization in administration and finance.


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Charlotte Gundhus

Account Director / Team leader
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Charlotte Gundhus is part of the Marketing communications department, with a particular focus on health, lifestyle and technology. She works with strategic communications, media management, traditional and digital public relations, and storytelling among other. She has very good relations in the media, and has strong results from proactive media management.

Charlotte joined the Oslo office of Hill and Knowlton in 2012. She has worked for several companies from the pharmaceutical industry, including Baxter, Bristol-Myer Squibb, Lundbeck and Pfizer. PR advisor for Alere Technolgies: Led strategic workshops for the company’s communications department in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Prepared a communication strategy for the company in Norway, with responsibility for the other Scandinavian countries.

Previous and present clients includes Microsoft Mobile, Specsavers, The Activity Alliance, Oslo Marathon, Red Bull, Geberit, Bang & Olufsen, TINE, Telavox, among others.​ Charlotte has also worked for the Breast Cancer Association, and has experience with Patient Advocacy Groups.  In addition, she has worked at Schjærven Advertising Agency, and has a degree in PR and Communications from the Norwegian School of Management.


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Peter Skovholt Gitmark

Director Public Affairs / Sector leader Defence
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Peter Skovholt Gitmark leads the Public Affairs Department at Gambit Hill+KnowltonHe specializes in strategic counseling in the intersection between business and public relations, to organizations and clients in both the private and public sector.

Before joining Gambit H+K, Gitmark was Managing Director and Head of Burson Cohn & Wolfe Norway’s Public Affairs Department. 

Gitmark served as a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party from 2001-2013, making him the youngest ever candidate to be re-elected from Southern Norway. In his 12 years as a Member of Parliament he served on various committees such as “Local Government and Public Administration”, “Finance and Economic Affairs”, “Energy and the Environment”, and “Foreign Affairs and Defense”.  

Gitmark was also a part of the Shadow Cabinet in his last 6 years as an MP. First on environmental issues, and later international development.

Gitmark has an international mindset and was chairman of the International Young Democrat Union, the world’s largest democratic political youth organization, from 2006-2009. He still has an extensive international political network.

Gitmark earned his degree in finance at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen (NHH).


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Paal Espen Hambre

Senior Account Director / Sector lead Health
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Paal has 25 years of experience from Media and Communications, and is specialized within the areas of Communication Strategy, Crisis communication, CEO positioning and Media relations. His work has mainly been as a consultant for top and middle management in both public and private sector. Paal works with a number of different industries and sectors, such as IT/technology, banking/finance and oil/ energy, as well as leading our Health care practice.

Today, Paal is responsible for several of our largest client relationships, where he also serves as the main consultant. He was previously Communications consultant and Director of Corporate communications at Lynx Porter Novelli, then Managing Partner for Arctic PR.

He has a higher education in Communication Management, Public Affairs and Economics/Finance from BI Norwegian Business School as well as Media Science from Volda University College.


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Marius Myhrvold

Senior Account Director / Director Marketing Comms.
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Marius works as a strategic advisor within the converging of PR, marketing, creative advertising and content in multi-channel communication. He has 14 years of experience in different agencies and works as an advisor for several of Norway’s largest companies.  Marius is a member of the creative leadership in Hill+Knowlton EMEA. He has a responsibility for training of new talents and development of common methodology across EMEA. 

Client lead for larger clients, such as The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Norwegian Business School, Worldskills Norway, Agria Animal insurance, The Union of Norwegian Transport Employees and University of Oslo. He is also a strategic consultant for several clients like Equinor and Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority, Arts Council Norway, Norwegian Veterans Association for International Operations and Fana Bank. 

Prior to joining Hill & Knowlton Marius worked as Managing Director and partner in Colt Kommunikasjon. Colt was Norway’s leading PR-agency within social media. 


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Mari Myhrbraaten

Senior Account Director / Lead Data- and analytics
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Mari is part of the Department of Marketing Communication.

She has 13 years of experience with digital media from media and communications agencies, where she has held positions such as Head of Social Media, Head of Digital and Strategic Advisor.

Mari has extensive experience developing channel strategies, both at single channel and omnichannel level. She has created campaign strategies, paid media tactics and executed media planning for some of Norway’s largest brands. 

Mari also works with insight and analysis in connection with mapping of target groups, brand-  and media landscapes, as well as campaign evaluation.

She has worked closely with several of Norway’s largest brands, including Telenor, Freia, DNB and Vipps.

Mari is a graduate of BI Business School, Leeds University and London South Bank University and holds a Bachelor with Honors degree in International Marketing.


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Jan Ottesen

Director / Lead Food and beverage
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Jan Ottesen joined the Oslo office of Hill and Knowlton (former Gambit Public Relations) in 1996.  He is Global account lead in H+K strategies for McDonald’s and chairman of the board at Ronald McDonald’s Charity House Foundation in Norway. ​​

Jan has broad experience as a senior advisor on Public Affairs. A selection of his previous or present clients are Mondelēz International, McDonald’s Norway, Unibet, Diageo, Mars Foods, Pepsi Cola,  Coca-Cola,  EADS, Statoil, The Norwegian Brewers Association and Statoil Fuel and Retail. In the period 2001 – 2005 Jan held the position as Public Affairs Director for the Association of Norwegian Wine and Spirit Importers (VBF).  Jan has broad expertise on developing and conducting training for clients. Jan has been leading the development of H+K Strategies Stakeholder Relation kit in Europe. 

Jan Ottesen held a number of posts within the Progress Party Youth organisation (con.) in the period 1989 – 1994. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Progress Party Youth organisation (1994) and political advisor to the President in the youth organisation (1993). 

Ottesen has also been Vice President of the Federation of Norwegian Conservative Students (1996-1998). Jan is  a member of the board  and vice president of Norwegian Public Relations Consultants Association (COMM). He is also responsible for organizing the Norwegian Washington Seminar.


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Johan Wilskow

Senior Account Director / Lead Crisis
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Johan is leading the crises communication team in Norway. 

​He is also a part of the Corporate Communications team at H+K Norway, focusing on crisis communications, media relations, internal communications and sponsorships.

​Johan has supported several clients in handling  challenging crises. The terrorist attack on Statoil`s gas plant in Algerie, the fatal helicopter crash at Turøy and the KNM Helge Ingstad frigate accident are just some of the crises he has been involved in. 

Johan has worked for 10 years in two of the largest media corporations in Norway. He has worked as a TV- journalist in NRK and also been assignment editor at the same place for four years. When arriving at Gambit he came from Norway`s largest commercial radio station, P4, where he was host of the debate program Sytten Tretti.  ​


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Henrik Arnestad Salthe Arnestad Salthe

Senior Account Director / Energy lead/ Office manager, Stavanger / Team leader
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Henrik heads the Energy practice in Norway, as well as H+K’s Stavanger office.  He is responsible for our day to day operations on H+K’s global Statoil team, and also serves as the main client contact for several other oil and gas companies. He has also worked extensively for companies in the supplier industry as well as companies within renewables and aviation. Henrik is also part of Gambit H+K’s crisis communication team and serves as the On Duty Crisis Communications Officer for several energy companies. He’s been involved in handling a long range of operational and reputational crises, including litigations and competition investigations, offshore incidents, NGO activism, consumer activism, downsizing and terrorism.


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Henrik Halvorsen

CEO Gambit H+K / Senior Vice President Operations, H+K Strategies EMEA / Senior Account Director
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Henrik is CEO for Gambit HK, Senior Advisor, and SVP for Operations  in EMEA. Henrik also holds several BOD positions in HK Europe. 

Henrik has more than 20 years of experience in the communications industry and have long experience  in working with both start ups, SMBs and blue chip companies within; retail, it  and telecom, energy and industry

Henrik works mainly with corporate strategic reputation management, corporate branding and messaging platforms, stakeholder and issue management, crisis communications, M&A and Financial Communications. 

Henrik joined Gambit in 1996, is former owner in Gambit, and has  a Master of Economics from Wirtschafts  Universität  Wien (Austria) and Norwegian School of Management.  Henrik speaks 

German and English.


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