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Havas Appoints 2 New Senior Managers
[January 14, 2013]

Havas Appoints 2 New Senior Managers

Jan 14, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- David Jones, Global CEO of Havas, announced two key management moves.

Andrew Benett, currently Arnold Worldwide Global CEO, is appointed to the new role of Global President at Havas Worldwide (previously known as Euro RSCG).

According to a release, Benett will assume responsibility for managing the day-to-day management of the global network. Benett will report to Jones, who will remain Global CEO of the Havas Worldwide network.

In a second key move, Robert LePlae, previously Arnold Worldwide's Global President, will now become its Global CEO. LePlae will also report to Jones.

Jones said, "This is an incredibly exciting time for our industry, presenting fantastic opportunities for big talents like Andrew and Robert, who are motivated by change. The momentum at Havas is very strong at the moment, following the successful rebranding of Euro RSCG to Havas Worldwide, the unique co-location of all our media, creative and digital teams into one building in Paris and in New York, and a great fourth quarter of new business wins and digital growth. These senior management moves represent another important step in delivering our strategic plan. " Havas said Benett has been with Havas for nearly a decade. Prior to his role at Arnold Worldwide, he served as Global Chief Strategy Officer for Euro RSCG Worldwide and CEO of Euro RSCG New York. He has a track record of building teams that deliver great results. During his recent three-year tenure managing Arnold Worldwide, he and his team grew the agency by more than 30 percent, winning and relationships with clients including The Hershey Company, Jack Daniel's, Unilever, Volvo, American Eagle Outfitters and The team also enhanced the agency's digital capabilities, while expanding the micro-network's offerings in Amsterdam, London, Moscow, Shanghai and Sydney.

Robert LePlae brings a wealth of experience to his new role. He spent 11 years at TBWA, including five years as CEO of TBWAChiatDay Los Angeles, causing his appointment as President of TBWA North America. He also spent two years in Japan as founding CEO of an international joint-venture company to run the Nissan business globally. He is considered to have been a cornerstone in the emergence of TBWA Worldwide as a global creative network. Immediately prior to joining Arnold, he served as North American President at McCann Worldgroup.

"Both Robert and Andrew will have a similar focus in their new roles — making successful businesses even more successful. When we moved Andrew to Arnold, we put him there to develop and execute a plan to turn around the agency — he's done that very successfully. The move to Havas Worldwide provides a different opportunity as the agency is coming off one of the best new business streaks in its history, having in the last few weeks won the global Unilever data business, the European Central Bank account, Louis Vuitton globally, Berluti globally, and Citibank CRM and eCRM as just a few of the highlights. His key focus will be leveraging his strategic strength to lead the business to even more rapid growth. Arnold ' s spectacular turnaround also means that Robert is facing the same task. I look forward to them both delivering for our clients and, in turn, for their agencies," concluded Jones.

Benett will retain his Chief Strategy Officer role at Havas Creative Group. All other titles and roles remain unchanged.

Havas is a global advertising, digital and communications group.

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