Mike Amour, currently CEO APAC, Havas Creative Group, has been appointed CEO of Havas Group APAC. Vishnu Mohan, currently CEO of Havas Media Group APAC, will become CEO, Havas Group India and Southeast Asia, responsible for all media and creative agencies. No changes at India level
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | March 10, 2017
Havas Group yesterday announced another step in its ‘Together’ strategy to accelerate integration by further breaking down silos and moving to a client-centric and region- based organization. The Group’s two divisions, Havas Creative Group and Havas Media Group, will no longer exist. The creative and media businesses, alongside the healthcare and wellness business, will become simply business units under one regional P&L, to ensure agility and a seamless experience for clients.
To ensure the most relevant organisation in a client-centric model across media and creative, Dominique Delport has been appointed Global Managing Director and Chief Client Officer for Havas Group. He will oversee global clients relationships, marketing initiatives and new business.
The group has now added two new chairmen roles to optimise its structure and offering in Latin America and Asia Pacific. Mike Amour, presently CEO APAC, Havas Creative Group, has been appointed CEO, Havas APAC Group, across the creative and media businesses. He will be responsible for overseeing all of the Havas Group agencies in the region: 79 offices in 17 countries, with +2,400 people.
Vishnu Mohan, currently CEO, Havas Media Group APAC, will become CEO, Havas Group India and Southeast Asia, responsible for all media and creative group agencies across those markets.
Levent Guenes, currently CEO, Havas Creative Group Southeast Asia, will become Chief Growth Officer, Havas Group APAC, with a primary focus on driving new ventures, acquisitions and strategic partnerships. Both Mohan and Guenes will report to Amour.
Ther is no change at the India level. Anita Nayyar, CEO, India and South Asia at Havas Media, will continue reporting to Mohan. Earlier, Nirmalya Sen, CEO - India, Havas Worldwide, used to directly report to Amour. Now that Amour has been promoted and Mohan has been given the new role of CEO, Sen will report to him.
These moves are the result of the successful implementation, at the end of 2016, of a centralised management of the group’s four largest markets, where chairmen were appointed at the group level: Chris Hirst for the UK, Alfonso Rodés for Spain, and Yannick Bolloré for France and North America.
Jorge Percovich, presently CEO, Latin America, Havas Media Group, has been appointed CEO Havas LATAM Group across the creative and media businesses. He will be responsible for overseeing all of the Havas Group agencies in the region: 65 offices in 19 countries, with +3,000 people.
Commenting on the development, Delport said, "For four years now, the ‘#together strategy’ and the opening of our 47 Havas villages have transformed the way we work and serve our clients. Now it's all about extending Bolloré's vision and reinventing our industry by creating new standards, new offers and new services that blend the best of both worlds: relentless creativity and smart media accountability. Havas will be at the forefront of this transformation by putting the power of content and data at the core of our activities. It’s an exciting challenge. Being agile and having a challenger mindset doesn’t prevent us from having big ambitions for our group, our people and our clients."
Yannick Bolloré, CEO Havas Group, said, “As the world moves faster and grows more complex, we believe in transcending the traditional definition of ‘creative’ and ‘media’ to better deliver for our clients. The appointments of Delport, Percovich and Amour will ensure we create the most modern approach to developing solutions, regardless of where the thinking begins. They will enable us to better share talent and resources on behalf of our clients, as well as create cross-channel learning and development opportunities for our people.”