Havas UK set to lose five se­nior me­dia ex­ec­u­tives

Campaign UK - - NEWS - By Gideon Spanier

Havas’ UK me­dia op­er­a­tion is fac­ing an ex­o­dus of tal­ent as five se­nior ex­ec­u­tives are set to de­part.

Dar­ren Poyn­ton, group chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, and Mark Con­nolly, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of in­vest­ment and so­lu­tions, are among those who are ex­pected to exit. Both were re­cruited in 2015.

Yvonne O’brien, group chief in­sight and data of­fi­cer, who also ar­rived in 2015, and Dar­ren Min­shall, chief tal­ent of­fi­cer, who joined last year, are also poised to leave.

Havas vet­eran John Mclough­lin, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Full­six, is an­other ex­pected to de­part.

There are a num­ber of rea­sons for the de­par­tures, with some peo­ple said to be leav­ing be­cause of a du­pli­ca­tion of roles fol­low­ing the merger of Havas’ cre­ative and me­dia di­vi­sions into a new of­fice, Havas Vil­lage, in Lon­don’s King’s Cross. A source dis­missed sug­ges­tions that Havas is keen to cut costs.

The ex­o­dus comes just as Vivendi, which is chaired by Vin­cent Bol­loré, com­pleted its €2.3bn ac­qui­si­tion of Bol­loré Group’s 59% stake in Havas on Mon­day.

A Havas spokesman said: “The move to King’s Cross has trans­formed our busi­ness as ev­i­denced in our new-busi­ness per­for­mance. These changes are con­sis­tent with our To­gether strat­egy as we con­tinue to stream­line and move to­wards a sin­gle P&L busi­ness.”

Havas re­ported a 0.5% rise in UK rev­enues in the first quar­ter of 2017.

Havas Vil­lage: merger into new Lon­don of­fice has resulted in job du­pli­ca­tions

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