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Former Havas CEO Jones Made a Lot of Money in 2013

David-Jones-042811In news that will surely warm the cold, jaded heart of any copywriter, designer or other creative struggling to stand out at an independent agency, Havas Worldwide paid now-former CEO David Jones $13.5 million bucks last year.

In fact, he made 7 of those millions simply for stepping down to fulfill his “burning desire to be an entrepreneur“–or, as we call it in the blog world, “the possibility of making even more money.”

This morning our future colleages at AdWeek combed through the company’s annual report to reveal those important stats. This fact stood out to us:

“Jones received another $1.2 million compensation for a non-compete clause and his role as an advisor to the younger Bolloré”

So he received a significant sum for advising the man who replaced him. Jones was unavailable for comment, presumably because he was too busy laughing about the fate of the Publicis-Omnicom merger.

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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.

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.”

 

Havas Officially Ditches Euro RSCG Brand Name

 

Nearly six months after first announcing that it’s rebranding the Euro RSCG Worldwide network as Havas Worldwide, the latter holding company has finally cemented the transition by changing the name of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, North America to Havas PR North America. As a result, obviously, the Euro RSCG brand that consists of 316 offices in 75 countries and includes units such as 4D, Discovery and Life, is no longer and said units have been rechristened Havas Worldwide Digital, Havas Discovery and Havas Life, respectively.

In a statement, Havas Worldwide CEO David Jones says, “A decade ago, we set ourselves apart by being the first major communications holding company placing digital at the core of all our creative agencies. I think we’re once again pioneering through the integration of creative, media and digital. Today with the rebranding we’re making a small change, but it’s one we want to use as a catalyst for driving big change through Havas and the broader industry.”

Despite the rebranding, the existing leadership at Havas Worldwide, which also houses agencies such as Arnold and Victors & Spoils under its umbrella, will remain intact.

Havas Adds Victors & Spoils to the Fold (Updated)

Adage reports that John Winsor & Co. have sold a majority stake of their Boulder-based crowdsourcing operation that is Victors & Spoils to Havas. Winsor, who will remain on as V&S CEO and will also assume the title of chief innovation officer at Havas, offers a lengthy explanation for the acquisition on his blog. Here’s a quick excerpt in case you didn’t feel like clicking through:

“…Along the way I had the good fortune to meet [Havas CEO] David Jones.  While many in the advertising industry talk the talk about innovation, very few walk the walk. David takes it one step further and runs the run. I was impressed not only by his vision for Havas and One Young World, but also by his bold philosophy outlined in Who Cares Wins. Every conversation we had flowed from a similar world-view that collaboration, co-creation and crowdsourcing are the future of not only advertising, but business itself; and that a deep dedication to becoming a social business can make the world a better place. We both believe that the new competitive advantage is a collaborative advantage.

From those conversations grew a vision to work together to create even more global cultural momentum for collaboration, co-creation and crowdsourcing. I believe that Victors & Spoils and Havas together can change the way advertising is done for both clients and creatives for the better.”

According to Adage, Winsor’s V&S partners-in-crime Evan Fry and Claudia Batten will continue to own a stake in the shop.

Update: We had a quick phone chat earlier with Mr. Winsor and among other things, he tells us that while V&S has had conversations with “every good thinker in the industry” regarding the future of the industry, the new Havas chief innovation officer specifically “loved the way [David Jones] is super bold and wanted to change things and is transparent about the way things are going.” Winsor adds that the Havas move will “give us more resources to grow”, will get “technology scoped and scaled” and from what he tells us, Victors & Spoils is eying expansion in London and Hong Kong. But for now, it’s about “accelerating technology” and going “one step at a time.”

 

Cannes Announces More Juries, while the ANDYs Embraces the Apocalypse

We’ll do a little killing two birds with one stone this morning by letting you know the latest news from a couple of the most notable industry award shows of the year. First off, Cannes continues filling up its various jury rosters, this time announcing those who’ll be judging in the Creative Effectiveness, PR, Design and Film categories. Among those serving as presidents include Havas/Euro RSCG Worldwide CEO David Jones for Creative Effectiveness , Ogilvy worldwide CCO Tham Khai Meng for Film and Turner Duckworth namesake/creative Bruce Duckworth for Design.

We’ll spare you the full lists (you can go to the Cannes Lions site for those) since we’d rather focus on the bombastic images promoting this year’s ANDYs. From the looks of it, the Mayans and their 2012 predictions have gotten to the show’s organizers, who presume we want to spend the end of days huddled with them in the Hudson Hotel. Let the awards season madness begin.

 

 

Thursday Odds and Ends

-Former Adweek cartoonist David Jones joined the Yahoo Advertising Blog team. link

-W+K London clears up the Nokia review reports. link

-ADC president Doug Jaeger was among those involved in the launch of Bloomberg LP’s Sustainability Report. link

-Former Barbarian Group/Goodby publicist Eva McCloskey is the latest to join up with Co: Collective. link

-There isn’t a bad thing to really say about Google Chrome’s “Dear Sophie” spot (above).

-BMB creative directors Ben Walker and Matt Gooden have left to take on joint ECD roles at CP+B London. link

-Groupon tapped David Elen Advertising to create a billboard campaign on Cali’s Highway 101, which led commuters to the brand’s tech jobs site. link

-Philly’s Red Tettemer + Partners was named AOR for the California Association of Realtors and created spots as well as a microsite for the company. link

-The ADC Gallery bogs got a makeover thanks to some Young Guns. link

-At least Hearst seems to dig AOL’s supersize online ad concept. link

 

CLIO Awards Final Deadline = Today

Quick reminder folks that today is the final day to enter into the 2011 Clio Awards. Will we see a reappearance of Best in Show star John Michael Higgins at the ceremony this year? Well, we’re thinking not, but this year’s awards has another interesting list of jury chairs including RGA SVP/ECD Richard Ting manning Interactive, Goodby ECD Erik Vervroegen on Print/OOH/Innovative/Direct Mail and one Faris Yakob running the Content & Contact/Integrated Campaign jury.

Judging by how much love you all showed Yakob a few months back, we can only imagine how good you feel about the CLIOs appointment. On their Facebook page, the folks behind the show posted a link to a video featuring a different presentation from the KBS+P chief innovation officer. Enjoy.

Monday Odds and Ends

-Cleveland shop Marcus Thomas makes “A Pledge to Unplug” for the Kent State Folk Festival. link

-Apple is set to make a big announcement re: iTunes tomorrow. link

-What makes OK Go videos go viral every time? link

-Despite Tiger Woods‘ failure on the golf course this year, TV ad spending in PGA Tour events is up from last year. link

-Having already “tainted” the library at the Brooklyn Law School, did Diesel do the same with NYC’s Transit Museum? link

-Proximity Canada appointed David Jones to VP, social strategy.

-Los Angeles-based prodco HELLO! signed director Justin Francis to its roster for commercial, integrated and music video representation.

-Facebook’s new messaging system: “It’s not email.” link

-Meanwhile, AOL tries to resurrect its email service with “Project Phoenix.” link

-The ANA published a $250 (?!) book called Agency Audits: How to Achieve Success. link