Iceland’s Norwegian crisis manager starts consulting business

björn-richardA former senior consultant to the Icelandic government is behind a new political consultancy company just opened in Norway and serving the entire Nordic region.

The company, called First House, specialises in crisis management, conflict resolution, bridge building and communication services for both the public and private sectors.

The company is helmed by five Norwegian political heavyweights, including former Minister for Health and Care Services, Bjarne Hakon Hanssen and Ketil Lindseth, a former State Secretary in the same ministry.

Jan Erik-Larsen, former State Secretary to the office of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, is another partner in First House. Per Bjorkum is a consultancy professional and Managing Director of Trolltind Kommunikasjon.

Finally there is Bjorn Richard Johansen, a communications expert who was head hunted to lead Iceland’s crisis management team immediately following the banking collapse last autumn. Johansen is the strategic adviser at SpareBank 1 and director of communication at BNbank in Norway. He has been deputy managing director of Burson-Marsteller for four years and is also a former journalist with NRK, Norway’s national public broadcaster.