Bjørn Richard Johansen
Communication Director (Acting)
Bjørn Richard Johansen is the acting communication director of the EAT Foundation. He has extensive Nordic and international experience and networks within the fields of communication, media and governmental relations. During his career, he has worked in a number of industries and has held several top management roles.
With his unique strategic understanding, analytical skills and entrepreneurial sprit, Bjørn Richard took the initiative as founder to establish the leading strategic advisory firm First House in Norway in 2010. He was responsible for communication in 14 countries across the globe when he was international communication director at Glitnir from 2004-2008. In 2008, he was coordinator and chief of staff of the national crisis management unit, established as a consequence of the financial collapse in Iceland, reporting to Prime Minster Geir Haarde. Bjørn Richard held similar advisory roles in Iceland handling the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in 2010 and in relation to the Panama Papers case in 2017. He has worked with Harvard to document some of his endeavours in Iceland in the Harvard-case study “Navigating turbulent waters”. In addition, Bjørn Richard worked as a news reporter in NRK, the Norwegian Broadcasting Cooperation, over a period of four years before starting his corporate communications career in 1993.