Red Havas Australia announces restructuring of its management team

Red Havas Australia announced the redesign of its leadership team to reflect local opportunities and its global focus on key growth areas.

These areas include; health and wellness, corporate public relations and reputation management, technology and e-commerce, consumer and lifestyle, automotive and mobility, travel and hospitality, and employee engagement.

Founded in Australia agencyestablished in 2019, rolled out the merged media agency brand in fourteen markets and 22 offices around the world with a focus on PR, social media, content, data and brand experience.

It has further expansion and investment plans as it continues to grow with support from the Havas Group and its parent company, Vivendi.

Changes effective immediately include: Simone GuptaCEO of Havas PR Australia, leading Red Havas, Havas Blvd, One Green Bean and Organic, will continue in his role and report to James WrightGlobal CEO Red Havas and Global Chairman of the Havas PR Global Collective.

CEO of Red Havas, Steve Fontanot, will take on a new role, Chief Commercial Officer for APAC which will include Mergers & Acquisitions and Commercial Partnerships. Fontanot will support the management team of Havas APAC to strengthen the public relations offer in the region. He will continue in his role as General Manager of Havas Blvd.

The role of chief executive of Red Havas will not be replaced at this time, a national bench of managing partners will lead the strategic direction of the agency in offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Kate SmailesExecutive Director, Havas Blvd is promoted to Managing Partner, Havas Blvd & Chief Client Officer with a mission to drive growth in the automotive and mobility category and brand experience

Alex BryantExecutive Director, Sydney PR has been promoted to Director Consumer and Brand Partner, with the mission of driving the consumer and creative offering across the agency.

sue cookHead of Health Practice, is promoted to Managing Partner Health and Wellness supported by Nicole Phillips, executive Director. Phillips will join the management team.

thomas thomasExecutive Director, Public and Corporate Affairs is promoted to Managing Partner of Public and Corporate Affairs, with responsibility to drive the corporate public relations, public affairs and employee engagement offering with an expanded mandate to lead the Melbourne office.

Haylie MarchantExecutive Director, Brisbane, is promoted to Managing Partner, with a continued mission to grow Queensland operations and expand agency-wide responsibilities.

Wright, Global CEO of Red Havas, said, “This is an exciting new phase for Red Havas as we grow our global agency micro-network. We have great leaders in place to take us into the next evolution of the business and a superb group of future leaders helping us propel the business forward.

“These changes allow the company to strengthen our areas of specialization, as well as continue to develop new offerings as customers evolve. Red Havas Australia continues to be one of the top performers for Havas in the APAC region,” he added.

Gupta, CEO of Havas PR Australia, said: “Over the past 18 months, myself and Steve have accompanied the management team of Red Havas in Australia through a number of changes, to ensure that we are ready to evolve in this transformed world to develop the company and change. customer needs.

“The deep expertise and experience of this leadership team reflects key areas of opportunity and growth, and enables us to attract top talent,” she added.

Red Havas is looking for a senior executive to lead its growing social and content team.

Top image, left to right: Haylie Marchant, Alex Bryant, Kate Smailes, Simone Gupta, Matt Thomas and Sue Cook

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