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Posts Tagged ‘Havas Worldwide’

North American President Leaving Havas for Indie BDD

joy schwartsThis morning AdAge ran a story confirming the eminent departure of Joy Schwartz, who most recently held the position of president of performance marketing, Havas Worldwide Chicago.

According to our tipsters, this came as news to those who work(ed) for her.

Schwartz, who spent more than twelve years with Havas, will run the just-announced Chicago office of BDD or Barrie D’Rozario DiLorenzo (formerly Barrie D’Rozario Murphy), starting next week. As the piece notes, the Minneapolis-based agency has expanded its executive team in recent months, hiring president and partner Kevin DiLorenzo from OLSON and opening a San Francisco office while preparing to set up shop in New York as well.

Our tips specifically claim that staffers received no announcement regarding Schartz’s departure — and that they learned of the news first thing this morning via the AdAge piece itself.

Contacts did not respond to AdAge or this blog, but other sources (who apparently know more than those who contacted us) told the magazine that the agency has begun searching for Schwartz’s replacement. She assumed the role of president in May after serving as co-president since 2009.

Updates as we receive them.

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Durex Tells Footballers: ‘Don’t Fake It’

A new spot for Durex combines football/soccer and double entendre with a cheeky call for footballers to stop faking it–their ridiculous on-field “injuries”, that is.

The spot brings the overwrought drama with a little help from one Don Giovanni:

Coincidentally (or not), this campaign arrives at the same time as a super-serious survey sponsored by Durex which found that “I want to watch football” happens to be the number one excuse British men use to avoid having sex with their significant others. Numbers two and three: “I’ve got a bad back” and “I’m too tired.”

We wonder what sort of advice Durex might have for LeBron James…

Havas Worldwide is creative AOR for Durex, but we don’t have credits at the moment.

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.

CDO Alex Bombeck Leaves Havas to Join Sparks Grove

alexBombeck2After receiving related tips for at least a week, we can confirm that Alex Bombeck is now the former Chief Digital Officer at Havas Worldwide.

A spokesperson told us that he would be moving with his family to Atlanta to ”take on new responsibilities”, and a fresh-off-the-virtual-press release tells us that those responsibilities include leading Sparks Grove, or “the marketing strategy and creative division of global consultancy North Highland.”

Bombeck earned the CDO title less than a year ago; previous roles included President of Havas Digital North America.

The hire comes amid something of a growth spurt for Sparks, which recently added “5,000 square feet of additional space in its Atlanta office” and promoted Bombeck’s predecessor Maria Bothwell to managing director and president of new ventures at North Highland.

Bombeck will report to North Highland CEO Dan Reardon.