Kahoot! Leadership

Meet the savvy and passionate K!rew captains leading us on a mission to make learning awesome.

Executive management

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Eilert Giertsen Hanoa

Chief Executive Officer linkedin

Eilert Hanoa was the first (active) Kahoot! investor and served as Chairman of the Board in 2014-2019.

Hanoa is the founder and former Chief Executive Officer of ERP software company Mamut (delisted from OSE when acquired by Visma in 2011), and Director SMB ERP in Visma from 2011-2018. He is also a board member of Dagens Næringsliv AS and Gyldendal ASA and investor in several start-ups. He has studied management and finance studies at BI Norwegian Business School.

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Åsmund Furuseth

Chief Product Officer, Co-Founder linkedin

Before meeting the Kahoot! co-founders in 2013, Åsmund ran a wind turbine technology company called ChapDrive. Now, Åsmund advises and secures funding for various startups, where he holds Board Director roles. He owns a vintage sailboat and would like to spend more time sailing in the Oslo fjord (that he can see from our office window).

Åsmund has a Master of Science Degree in Physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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Lars Erik Grønntun

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer linkedin

Lars Erik has over 25 years of experience from leading professional services businesses, initially founding the leading Norwegian communications agency Gambit, later acquired by WPP plc, followed by several leadership roles in global consultancy Hill+Knowlton Strategies. He is an internationally respected client counsellor and has advised top executives in companies across a variety of sectors. Lars Erik has received a series of awards and accolades for personal and company achievements during his leadership tenure.

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Ken Østreng

Chief Financial Officer linkedin

Prior to joining Kahoot!, Ken held CEO and CFO positions in Confirmit AS; a leading SaaS vendor for multi-channel Customer Experience, Employee Engagement, and Market Research solutions. Ken has been CFO in both privately held and publicly listed tech companies.

He has studied management and finance studies at BI Norwegian Business School.

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Morten Versvik

Chief Technical Officer, Co-Founder linkedin

Morten’s Master thesis from 2006 was built around the concept of playing on the big screen in cinemas using mobile phones. This idea, developed further with professor Alf Inge Wang, led to the creation of Kahoot!

Morten lives in Oslo with his family. In his free time, Morten can often be spotted riding his motorcycle and spending time at his cabin.

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Åslaug Tveiterås

Group HR Director linkedin

Åslaug joined in September 2019 to lead HR in all Kahoot! Group companies. Previously, she served as Human Resources Director Europe at Silicon Labs. She has also had broad senior management experience as Finance Director both in startups and large global companies.

Åslaug holds a Master Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Norges Handelshøyskole.

Want to join the Kahoot! Group? Reach out to Åslaug – jobs@kahoot.com

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Julie Wessel

Director Business Development / IR linkedin

Julie joined the Kahoot! Group in August 2019 to strengthen Kahoot!’s focus on strategy, partnerships and M&A. Previously, she worked in McKinsey & Company as a project manager.

Julie holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA degree from Norwegian School of Economics.

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James Micklethwait

VP of Products linkedin

Before joining Kahoot in 2017, James held product and strategy leadership roles for some of the UK’s best known consumer brands, including Rightmove, ITV and BBC.

James enjoys spending his time with his family and skiing. James is originally from the UK, but recently moved to Norway.

He holds a BA degree from Oxford University.

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Fredrik Zhiyu Luo

Head of Engineering linkedin

Fredrik joined Kahoot! late 2017. As Head of Engineering, he oversees a team of highly talented engineers who develop and deliver the product and technology roadmap for Kahoot! Most recently, Fredrik was Vice President of Engineering at Oupeng, a joint venture company owned by Opera Software and its counterpart in China. During his 4 year leadership in Oupeng, he grew the team from 20 to 120 and delivered products enjoyed by millions of users daily.

In his spare time, Fredrik enjoys spending time with his family, diving and sailing in tropical seas with his sailing mates.

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Carla Carsenzuola

HR Director linkedin

Before Kahoot!, Carla worked as HR Global Business Partner at Opera Software and as Project Leader for a large coaching and career management consultancy in Italy. Originally from Italy, Carla now lives in Oslo with her family.

She is an avid runner and a big soccer fan (Can you guess which of the Milan teams she supports?)

Carla holds a masters degree in Political Science and a postgraduate degree in European Labor Law from Università Statale in Milan. In addition to that, Carla is a certified Business Coach from the NLP Institute in Italy.

Want to join the K!rew? Reach out to Carla – jobs@kahoot.com.

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Sean D’Arcy

Senior VP of Marketing linkedin

Sean got on board in March 2017 to lead the newly formed marketing and communications team at Kahoot! In his previous role, he was leading a big international team as VP of Global Marketing at Opera Software.

Sean lives outside Oslo with his family and dog, brews his own beer and is a proud Land Rover enthusiast.

He has a degree in Marketing and Psychology from Carleton University.

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Craig Narveson

VP of Content Partnerships linkedin

Craig joined the K!rew in October 2016. He held senior management roles in Europe, Asia and North America for 13 years within Publicis Groupe, a global communications agency network.

Originally from the U.S., Craig was a competitive springboard diver for 20 years. He currently divides his time between Oslo and New York.

Craig received his BA from Harvard College.

Board of directors

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Andreas Hansson

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Andreas Hansson is the Chairman of the Board at Kahoot!. He serves as a Managing Director at SB Management, having first joined SoftBank Group in 2017. Until August 2020 he was a Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers. During his time at SoftBank, he has sourced, executed and managed investments in various technology sectors and served on several boards. Before joining SoftBank, Andreas held multiple positions at Arm Ltd. There he served as a technical adviser to the Executive Vice President and the CTO, leading strategic activities around business development and incubation. Andreas received an MSc in Computer Science and Engineering from Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden. He also holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology.

Joanne Bradford

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Joanne has more than 25 years of marketing and operations experience in technology, media and financial services. She has served as an executive at high-growth technology companies, including Yahoo, Pinterest and SoFi, and gained extensive experience in M&As, fundraising and the IPO process. Moreover, Ms. Bradford has served on the executive board in a number of organizations, including Wave, Comscore, anti-poverty charity CARE and currently the Unified Access Management provider OneLogin.  Today, Joanne is the President of Honey Science Corporation, an e-commerce technology platform acquired by Paypal in January 2020.

Joanne was featured on the Forbes Top CMO list, Ad Age 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising and received the Bill Gates Chairman’s Award at Microsoft. She is also a founding advisor to Lean In.

Joanne has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with an emphasis in advertising from San Diego State University and resides in San Francisco, California.

Lori Wright

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Lori is an executive with broad leadership experience after two decades of working with SaaS and the technology industry, where she has had a variety of roles spanning from marketing to sales to operations to product management.

Currently, Lori serves as Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft, where she leads global partnerships for the Gaming/Xbox business, a segment that surpassed $5 billion in revenue in FY21 Q2. Prior to her career at Microsoft, she held senior executive positions at BlueJeans Network, a cloud-based video communications services company, TIBCO, a leading global infrastructure and analytics company, Symantec, The Walt Disney Company, PaySys International and Lockheed Martin.

Lori holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Central Florida and resides in Redmond, Washington.

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Akshay Naheta

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Akshay Naheta joined SoftBank Group in 2017. He currently serves as Senior Vice President, Investments at SoftBank Group Corp and CEO of SB Management. Until May 2020, he was a Managing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisors where he led and managed several successful investments such as Auto1 and Nvidia, amongst several others. Prior to joining SoftBank, Akshay was the Founder and Managing Partner of Knight Assets & Co., an investment manager focused on arbitrage and value investing. He started his career at Deutsche Bank in various trading and structuring roles. He holds a S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S., highest honors, in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Stefan Blom

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Stefan Blom, comes with a background as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Content Officer of Spotify – a company that has been fully embraced as a leader in its space. As CSO, Stefan was responsible for company operations, corporate strategy, corporate development globally. In his role as CCO at Spotify, he led its global markets, licensing and the company’s content and distribution operations.

Prior to his exciting journey at Spotify, Stefan had more than 15 years of global experience in the tech, music and entertainment industries. While he held multiple international executive positions at EMI Group and Hutchison Telecom, Stefan was focused on transformational changes to strategy and business models. Stefan studied at the Royalty Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

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Sarah Blystad

Employee representative linkedin

Originally from Australia, Sarah is based in Oslo, Norway. She joined Kahoot! in 2020 as the Localization Director, to further develop the growth of Kahoot! products in international markets.

With over 15 years in the localization industry, Sarah has worked with technology companies in Norway and abroad, to implement globalization strategies and lead their localization departments, most recently at Keystone Academic Solutions and previously 10 years at Opera Software.

Sarah joined the board as an employee representative in June 2021

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Alexander Remen

Employee representative linkedin

Alexander joined Kahoot! in January 2017, and is working as a Senior Product Manager, leading the Kahoot! Mobile Apps and the teams that develop them. He is based in Oslo, Norway.

Before joining Kahoot!, Alexander worked at Opera Software for 9 years, both as a developer and as a technical project manager on mobile apps.

Alexander holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from INSA Toulouse, France.

Alexander joined the board as an employee representative in June 2021.