September 26, 2019, NEW YORK – Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) announces a new global leadership structure effective immediately. Global President Richard Millar will take responsibility for the US, in addition to the global client and creativity and innovation agendas. Global President Lars Erik Grønntun will lead its 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 will also continue to oversee the global operations agenda. Both report directly to AnnaMaria DeSalva, Global Chairman and CEO.
In addition, Finance led by Andy Scharf, HR + Talent led by Kate Augustine, Business Development + Marketing, led by Sam Lythgoe and Global Counsel, Meredith Marks, will now report directly to AnnaMaria DeSalva. Global sector leads will also report directly to DeSalva.
Millar led the transformation of H+K’s flagship operation in the UK from 2008 and since 2014 has driven H+K’s global creative agenda including the formation of the Global Centre of Creative Strategy and the Shanghai Addition in China. Millar is also the senior lead on clients including adidas Global across all categories.
Grønntun led and transformed H+K’s largest region – Europe, Middle East and Africa since 2014 and with considerable growth and industry recognition. He is a senior strategy consultant within corporate communications and public affairs and senior lead for some of H+K’s top clients, including Equinor (formerly known as Statoil).
H+K has offices in more than 40 countries worldwide, delivering award winning campaigns to clients across all sectors and disciplines and with a focus on continued innovation for the industry. Recent innovations include Flight School +, a crisis communications training and simulation tool, Better Impact, a new approach to brand purpose and CSR, and H+K Smarter, a behavioral science unit.
About Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is an international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients. The firm is headquartered in New York, with over 80 offices in more than 40 markets, as well as an extensive associate network. The agency is part of WPP, one of the world’s largest communications services groups.