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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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Jostein Håvaldsrud

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Jostein has over 25 years of experience in software engineering including the last 20 years in leadership positions. He joined Kahoot! in 2021 after working in Visma, where he led the engineering and product management of a large portfolio of products across Europe. Jostein started his career as a developer in the Norwegian software company Mamut where he delivered production code for 15 years while also working as CTO. Jostein studied Business Administration at the Norwegian Business School, BI.

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Mads Rebsdorf

Chief Revenue Officer linkedin

Mads has more than 20 years of experience working in the software industry. Before joining Kahoot! in 2020, he was in Visma for almost 10 years, where he led the effort in building one of the leading Cloud service companies in northern Europe. Mads also brings experience from enterprise sales at Oracle in addition to presales and engineering background. He has a Master in Business Administration & Computer Science from the Copenhagen Business School.

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Julie Wessel

VP Corporate development 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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Ranjit Mahida

General Counsel linkedin

With nearly 20 years’ experience as a media and technology lawyer in the US and Norway, Ranjit has a broad range of expertise advising companies on commercial agreements, intellectual property, data protection/privacy, M&A/transactional, litigation, marketing, regulatory and employment matters.  He has held senior legal roles at publicly-traded technology companies and law firms in San Francisco, New York and Oslo.

Ranjit received his BA from the University of Michigan, JD from Santa Clara University School of Law and holds CIPP/E and CIPM certifications from the IAPP.

Board of directors

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Andreas Hansson

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Andreas Hansson is the Chairman of the Board at Kahoot!. He is partner in 2^Q Ventures, and served as Managing Director at SB Management until March 2022, 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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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

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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.