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Posts Tagged ‘Andrew Benett’

Lally Leaving, Stover Out at Havas Worldwide

meganlallyAnd now, let’s kill two birds and mention some goings-on at the Havas Worldwide camp on this snow-filled day. First, to address tips that we’ve received since the end of January, yes, Megan Lally is leaving the agency as of tomorrow to pursue other interests. From what we’re hearing, Lally, who’s spent the last three years at Havas WW, working out of the Chicago office as SVP/group account director on the Citibank biz, is heading into the film industry. Prior to Havas, Lally worked as a VP on the account side at Saatchi & Saatchi X.

Second, in unrelated staffing news, sources confirm that 15-year Havas WW vet Annette Stover is no longer with the agency. Stover spent the last four years during her time at Havas Worldwide serving as global chief of staff. From what we’re hearing, her departure may have something to do with changes being made by Andrew Benett, who took over for David Jones as Havas Worldwide CEO last month. Prior to her lengthy stint at Havas WW, Stover spent several years at JWT.

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Well, It Looks Like David Jones is Leaving Havas

davidjoneshavasWell, we were not only invited to a Havas Worldwide conference call to take place in a few, but now we guess we know what it’s about. We just received what appears to be a legit .pdf that proclaims the holding company’s global CEO David Jones is leaving the agency to launch a new tech startup in the next month and will be replaced by Yannick Bolloré. Along with the global CEO move, Havas WW co-president Andrew Benett is being promoted to CEO of the ad network and will report to Bolloré. According to the .pdf, the leadership changes take place effective immediately.

In his exit statement, Jones says, “If I were going to stay in the industry it would be at Havas, but I have always had a burning desire to be an entrepreneur and this is too exciting an opportunity to not seize. Those people who know me know my two passions in business are social media and social responsibility and this new venture combines the two. I want to thank the Bolloré Group and Vincent Bolloré in particular for his support and mentorshipover the last eight years and wish Yannick every success.”

 

Bess to Step Down at Havas

ronbessWe’ve been hearing about this for a little while and now, we’ve received confirmation that Ron Bess, who’s spent nearly a decade at Havas Worldwide, where he currently serves as president of North American ops and CEO of its Chicago office, is stepping down from his post come year’s end. We’ve obtained an internal memo from Havas global president Andrew Benett regarding Bess’s move, which you can read below. From what sources familiar with the matter tell us, Bess will stay on in a consulting role, the parting is amicable and he’s not leaving the ad game altogether. During his 40-plus-year ad career, the Chicago ad man, who took over as president of Havas North America over four years ago, has also worked at the likes of what are now DDB and Draftfcb. Anyways, read on below:

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Tuesday Morning Stir

-Didier Tovel will take the reins at new Toronto-based audio production studio, SNDWRX, which has released the audio reel above. link

-London-based shop Space has created permanent branded areas in select local bars to promote Heineken-owned premium beer brand, Sol. link

-The Ad Council has elected 16 new members to its board of directors including Havas global president Andrew Benett, Draftfcb global CEO Carter Murray, Lowe Campbell Ewald chief exec Jim Palmer and DigitasLBi North America chief, Tony Weisman.

-Former Saatchi & Saatchi L.A. comms director Samantha Johnson has been appointed as agency-wide media director at TDA_Boulder.

-Cleveland-based agency Marcus Thomas has launched the first-ever mobile advertising for Sherwin-Wlliams Paint and Sundries brand Dutch Boy Group in the form of a music-to-color matching app dubbed the PaintList. link

-Bi-coastal production company Moxie Pictures has signed director Phillip Van (who most recently helmed the interactive “Deja View” effort for Infiniti) to its roster for global commercial representation.

Here’s the Memo Regarding Moran’s Arrival at Havas NY

Well, as you may have heard, Darren Moran has officially joined Havas Worldwide’s New York office as its new chief creative officer. Once again, we’ve obtained a memo (confirmed legit), this time sent from Havas global president Andrew Benett (who also doubles as NY CEO) to staff just a couple of hours ago regarding Moran’s arrival. The newly minted CCO most recently spent his second tour of duty at BBDO New York, which he rejoined just last fall as executive creative director. During his career, the creative exec also served as EVP/chief creative officer at Draftfcb NY.

Anyhow, feel free to check out Benett’s memo, which also mentions a few other key leadership notes, in full after the jump.

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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-We’ve inquired about this a couple of weeks ago, but que sera sera, a trade you know well has confirmed that Matt Ryan, co-chair of Havas New York who joined the agency from sibling Arnold when it was still Euro RSCG back in 2008, is out and that global lead Andrew Benett will take on the CEO role of said office. Yeah, we inquired for comment, but nothing from Havas’s end as of yet. Wonder why. link

-And now, we get insecure thanks to a Mercedes-Benz ad aimed at the South African market from Net#work BBDO (above). Check out credits and behind-the-scenes clip after the jump.

-Current Saatchi & Saatchi Greater China president/COO Michael Lee has been promoted to CEO at the agency.

-In other Rosetta news, the Publicis Groupe-owned agency has hired Mindshare alum Jeff Thaler as managing partner/program management officer.

-Atlanta-based agency Ames Scullin O’Haire has launched its internal production studio, ASO Digital Films. It would help if we could actually download the digital films promoting the launch, but guess we can do with this for now. link

-St. Louis-based experiential marketing agency Switch has promoted Scott Burns to the newly created ECD role.

-And so, it continues. Caesars has dropped Paula Deen and so has Walmart.

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Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Indie Louisville, KY-based agency Doe-Anderson, which works with the likes of Maker’s Mark bourbon, has been named AOR for Bluegrass Cellular.

-Don’t be a lunk. Join Planet Fitness instead, so says its AOR, Philly-based Red Tettemer + Partners (above).

-Here’s the PR Newswire version of what’s gone down at Havas:Andrew Benett, currently Arnold Worldwide Global CEO, is appointed to the new role of Global President at Havas Worldwide (previously known as Euro RSCG). In this new role Benett will assume responsibility for leading the day-to-day management of the global network. Benett will report to [David] 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.”

-MEC appointed Joe Kowan as practice lead, digital trading and activation. He will report to Susan Schiekofer, president of digital for MEC, North America and Ari Bluman, chief digital investment officer, GroupM, North America.

-Organic touts girl power in a new digital campaign for Kimberly-Clark brand, U by Kotex (image above). link

-D.C./Nashville-based agency iostudio was named AOR for TN-based residential building/development company, Goodall Homes.

-The Martin Agency and Psyop have launched a new campaign for a new NYC-themed ship from Norwegian Cruise Line dubbed the “Norwegian Breakaway.” Feel free to break away here.

-CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves says simply, “We are sold out,” when it comes to ad space for the upcoming Super Bowl. link

-Google is planning to bring free Wi-Fi service to its local NYC neighborhood in Chelsea. link

-Santa Monica, CA-based prodco Bully Pictures signed director Javier Aguilera for exclusive U.S. representation.