|[May 19, 2014]
Hill+Knowlton Strategies to Unify EMEA
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
Hill+Knowlton Strategies today announced that, effective immediately,
Europe, Middle East and Africa - EMEA - will become one unified region
within Hill+Knowlton, with Lars Erik Grønntun becoming its chairman and
CEO. Grønntun had previously been president of H+K Europe and chairman
of H+K Norway.
"By connecting and unifying the vast EMEA region under Lars Erik we will
take advantage of the increased internationalization of trade and
business by becoming more integrated, more competitive, and with much
better utilization of our expertise from around the network - to the
benefit of our clients and our people," said Jack Martin, global
chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. "Lars Erik's
entrepreneurial background and spirit, his ability to drive through
necessary change, as well as his long tenure with H+K make him the ideal
person to lead a very exciting, growing region in our network."
Lars Erik Grønntun founded Gambit H+K in Norway in 1995 and remained its
CEO until 2011. During his tenure it became th largest agency in the
country. In 2011, he joined the H+K global leadership team and became
president of H+K operations in BENELUX; the Nordics; Central and Eastern
Europe; and Russia and the CIS. Prior to this, he served at the firm's
EMEA Council. Grønntun is a senior strategy consultant within corporate
communications and public affairs, and is client lead for some of H+K's
top global and European clients, including Statoil.
"I am honoured to have been chosen to lead H+K Strategies' EMEA region,"
said Grønntun. "For our company, this region is of vital importance
given its size, vast geographic representation and market opportunity. I
believe that our understanding of local markets together with our
international mind-set and reach is a powerful combination for clients.
As such, leading the charge in EMEA is deeply inspiring."
Grønntun will report to Jack Martin and continue as a member of H+K
Strategies' global leadership group. Sconaid McGeachin remains president
for H+K operations in Africa, Middle East & Turkey, reporting to
Richard Millar is today appointed Global Chair, Creative Strategy to
drive a global creative initiative. Richard remains CEO of H+K's UK
operation and continues to report to Martin.
About Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is a leading international communications
consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global
clients. The firm is headquartered in New York, with 89 offices in 52
countries, as well as an extensive associate network. The agency is part
of WPP, the world's largest communications services group. For more
information, please visit www.hkstrategies.com.
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