We’ve received several tips, always in the doomsday form, from every which way or another (and from different IP’s, mind you) regarding cuts at Havas New York. Well, sources familiar with the matter confirm that five people across departments were let go at the agency’s Big Apple branch. We’ve been told that the cuts were not directly related to any client issues but is merely a “readjustment” of staff (so, yeah, no word if this were a direct effect of its ties with Beam). But, yeah, from what we’ve been told, the agency has hired approximately 20 people in the last month and if you recall, has also added Sean Lyons and Vin Farrell to the mix from R/GA. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything more.
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Well, since our inquiries last week to Havas regarding Vin Farrell went nowhere because Adweek apparently had some exclusive/vice grip on the agency’s comms, let’s just go “we hear” on this one before another “exclusive” pops up. Along with said agency’s new global chief content officer, we’ve been hearing all week that fellow R/GA-er Sean Lyons is following suit and joining up with Havas. Lyons has spent well over eight years at the agency for the digital age and for the last year has served as SVP, operations and business planning.
During his lengthy stay at R/GA, Lyons has moved up the ladder from group director to managing director to his current SVP post. We’ve checked in with both camps about the apparent move, but have yet to hear back. Maybe it was something we said, but we’ll let you know if we hear more.
R/GA announced that Vin Farrell, currently serving as head of production, has been bumped up to VP for the agency’s digital studio.
In addition to what the new job post demands of him, Farrell will be charged with expanding R/GA’s digital studio to R/GA’s global offices while working closely with Nick Law, EVP, chief creative officer, North America.
The one and only Bob Greenberg, R/GA’s chairman, CEO, and global chief creative officer, says in a statement, “R/GA has an esteemed production legacy with more than 30 years of experience in the space. Our award-winning Digital Studio is a vital component of our agency model, and Vin is just the person to take the group to the next level, Vin’s ability to leverage both traditional and digital production strategies has helped position R/GA as an industry leader.”
Farrell has achieved a series of high-level accomplishments while at R/GA, including growing revenue in the last year by 65 percent and being directly involved in more than 650 jobs. From 2004 to 2006, Farrell was an agency producer at Digitas, where he produced and directed works for the New York Times, Pfizer, the Boston Globe, Gillette, FedEx, American Express, General Motors, Eli Lilly, and KitchenAid.