Havas promotes Chris Hirst as CEO of Global Creative Network

Hirst will oversee a staff of 8,500 across the international Havas Creative network and will remain based in London

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Jan 11, 2019 10:36 AM Updated: Jan 11, 2019 10:36 AM
Chris Hirst

The Chief Executive of Havas in the UK, Chris Hirst, has been promoted to CEO of Global Creative Network.

Hirst will oversee a staff of 8,500 across the international Havas Creative network, working alongside Peter Mears, Chief Executive of Havas Media Group, and Donna Murphy, Chief Executive of Havas Health & You. He will be remain based in London.

Hirst’s new position will involve developing Havas agencies’ creative reputation and operations, strengthening the group’s global village model and forging further integration with company owner Vivendi.

According to media reports, Havas has also announced the creation of a global BETC network, which will run parallel to Havas Creative. Hirst will work closely with the new network’s leaders to ‘define how to best leverage the combined creative power’ of the group.

Yannick Bolloré, Chairman and Chief Executive of Havas Group said, “Chris is a transformative, world-class leader, who brings invaluable expertise that elevates our creative agencies and operations. His acumen will bring immense value to our clients and employees, not just in Europe but around the globe.”

Hirst commented, “This is a fantastic time to be at Havas, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to work with the teams around the world during such a defining stage of our development. Peter, Donna, and I will work closely to integrate our Havas Village model even further and deliver on our unique position in the market: being the most meaningful company for our clients and for our people.”

Hirst joined Havas as Chief Executive in 2015. He previously worked with Grey London in the same role from 2010, having joined as managing director in 2003.

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