Havas New York

New York, United States

Full Service

Basic Info

Core Competencies: Full Service, Digital, Strategy and Planning, Healthcare, Financial, Technology, B2B, Institutional/Public Interest/Nonprofit, Travel and Tourism, Consumer

Founded in: 1991

Network:

Holding: Havas (Puteaux, France)

Employees: 500

Awards: 123

Creative Work: 153

Clients: 18


Contact Information

200 Hudson Street
New York New York 10013
United States
Phone: (+1) 212 886-4100
Email:
Website:

Andrew Benett

Andrew Benett

CEO, Havas Worldwide; Chief Strategy Officer, Havas Creative Group
Laura Maness

Laura Maness

President

Phone: (+1) 312.543.1806

Core Competencies: Full Service, Digital, Strategy and Planning, Healthcare, Financial, Technology, B2B, Institutional/Public Interest/Nonprofit, Travel and Tourism, Consumer

Founded in: 1991

Network:

Holding: Havas (Puteaux, France)

Employees: 500

Awards: 123

Creative Work: 153

Clients: 18

Havas New York

200 Hudson Street
New York New York 10013
United States
Phone: (+1) 212 886-4100
Email:
Website:
Andrew Benett

Andrew Benett

CEO, Havas Worldwide; Chief Strategy Officer, Havas Creative Group
Laura Maness

Laura Maness

President

Phone: (+1) 312.543.1806

Havas New York Leadership and Team Members

Toygar Bazarkaya

Toygar Bazarkaya

Chief Creative Officer, Americas

As Chief Creative Officer of the Americas, Toygar focuses on strengthening Havas’ creative capabilities and building a community among creative teams throughout North and South America.

Toygar was born in Turkey and grew up in Germany, where he began his career. He later gained over 10 years of international experience in New York, São Paulo, and Boston.

Before returning to New York as Executive Creative Director at BBDO, he was the Chief Creative Officer of BBDO Germany, where he brought the agency back into the creative rankings. In 2007, Toygar helped BBDO Germany become the country’s most awarded network at Cannes. In subsequent years he led German and U.S. agencies to multiple Gold and Silver Lions for brands including Mercedes, Gillette, Braun, and smart—one of which was the first-ever Gold Radio Lion for any German agency. In 2015 he was a member of the Cannes jury for the Outdoor category.


As a result of working and living around the world, Toygar developed a passion for international brands, leading a dozen of them to win Cannes Lions in eight different categories. 

Andrew Benett

Andrew Benett

CEO, Havas Worldwide; Chief Strategy Officer, Havas Creative Group

Andrew joined Havas Worldwide, then known as Euro RSCG Worldwide, in 2004 as Global Chief Strategy Officer. In 2007 he was named Co-CEO of Euro RSCG NY. Prior to joining Euro RSCG, Andrew was EVP, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, at FutureBrand.

Andrew then spent three years as the Global CEO of Arnold Worldwide, leading the network’s 17 offices in 14 countries. Andrew and his team grew Arnold Worldwide by more than 30% in that time, winning and growing relationships, and dramatically enhancing the agency’s digital capabilities. In 2010 the agency was named Comeback Agency of the Year by Ad Age, and in 2011 named to Ad Age's Agency A-List.

His career in marketing spans nearly two decades and includes hands-on experience in almost every marketing discipline and across multiple product and service categories. Andrew has a unique understanding of marketing gained through work on the client side, in consulting and for global communications agencies.

Andrew has received some of the industry’s most esteemed honors. He has been inducted into the AAF’s Advertising Hall of Achievement, honoring innovators under the age of 40 (2010), Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” (2010) and Crain’s New York Business’s “40 Under 40” (2009). Andrew is a frequent contributor to the Financial Times, Brandweek, CNBC and CNN, and speaks regularly on the topics of corporate branding, CSR, marketing innovation, and talent. He is also co-author of three marketing books, Consumed: Rethinking Business in the Era of Mindful Spending; Good for Business: The Rise of the Conscious Corporation; and The Talent Mandate: Why Smart Companies Put People First, published in 2013.

Outside of work, Andrew sits on the National Advisory Council of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Board of Overseers of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, The College Board of Advisors at Georgetown University and is a Director-at-Large for the 4As (the American Association of Advertising Agencies). Andrew is a member of the 2012 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences and is married with three young sons. 

Vin Farrell

Vin Farrell

Global Chief Content Officer

As Global Chief Content Officer, Vin provides leadership in the development, production, and distribution of content throughout the global network. He brings subject matter expertise from the film, digital, and social media landscapes to Havas and our clients.


Prior to joining Havas in 2013, Vin was SVP of Creative Operations at R/GA. In that role, he was responsible for the oversight of the agency’s digital studio, live events, and retail presentation capabilities. He led a team that worked closely on strategy, ideation, and the production of traditional and multichannel work. 

Matt  Howell

Matt Howell

Global Chief Digital Officer

Matt leads all digital efforts across the Havas network overseeing all digital strategy and offer development. A proven innovator, Matt is passionate about fusing technology and marketing.

Matt joins Havas from Vermonster LLC, a design and technology consultancy specializing in product development, where he serves as a Partner. Prior to that role, he was Global Chief Digital Officer at Arnold Worldwide and Havas Creative Group. Previously, Matt was President at the creative agency Modernista! in Boston, where he ran the interactive group and successfully integrated digital practices into the core of the agency’s offering. He also spent over three years at R/GA, where he managed the Nike account, overseeing the creation of products like NIKEiD and Nike+. Matt’s work has taken top honors at Cannes, the CLIOs, and The One Show. 

Laura Maness

New Business

Laura Maness

President

Phone: (+1) 312.543.1806

Laura has been recently tapped to lead Havas Worldwide New York’s flagship office, with full P&L responsibilities for the agency, servicing some of the most recognized companies in the world. She’ll utilize her depth and breadth of leadership skills to drive culture, talent, and innovation.


Prior to her role as President at Havas Worldwide New York, Laura served as Chief Growth Officer for Havas Worldwide North America. With nearly 20 years of strategic marketing and leadership experience, ranging from digital pure-play agencies to globally integrated ad networks, Laura spent the past three years spearheading new business development, organic agency growth, and strategic brand building across North America, all while becoming a first-time mother.


Before Havas, Laura was the senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Propane Studio, one of the fastest growing independent digital agencies with offices in San Francisco and New York. Prior to that, Laura oversaw a period of explosive growth for WPP/Wunderman-owned Designkitchen.


Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing from Loyola University Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys providing industry awareness and agency review guidance through her affiliations with the 4A’s and Mirren, and championing women in leadership through #ChangeTheRatio. 

Frank Mangano

Frank Mangano

Chief Financial Officer

Richard Notarianni

Richard Notarianni

Executive Director of Engagement Planning and Performance

Diana Vienne

Diana Vienne

Chief Talent Officer

Diana Vienne is Chief Talent Officer of Havas New York, partnering with the agency's leaders to drive organizational change to support the ongoing growth of our business and talent.

With a deep background in talent management and strategic consulting, Diana joins Havas from MMC (Marina Maher Communications), where she partnered with leadership to shepherd the company through a digital transformation and organizational change management across all aspects of their business.

Prior to joining MMC, Vienne spent over 17 years as a global business consultant, working with top tier consulting firms, including Deloitte Consulting, PwC and Ketchum Change delivering strategic change management and talent management programs. Her key clients included PepsiCo, United Technologies, Exxon/Mobil, Nielsen, Scholastic, Prudential, IBM, Harper Collins and more.

Vienne holds a MA from New York University in Business Education and Organizational Effectiveness, and a Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from the University of Michigan Business School. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and an active participant in the global and local community, involved in non-profit projects and activities for organizations such as Cross Cultural Solutions, Common Ground and The NY Foundling. 

Sami Viitamaki

Sami Viitamaki

Executive Director of Digital

Sami drives technology, business and strategic thinking for client work across Havas Worldwide accounts, including Dos Equis, Hershey, TD Ameritrade and IBM. In addition to direct client work, he also develops Havas’ digital capabilities, as well as tools and processes across departments.

Before joining Havas Worldwide in fall 2014, Sami was part of the key leadership team that made TBWA Worldwide’s Helsinki agency an international digital and innovation powerhouse. By the end of his digital leadership tenure, this small northern European agency was working with many global TBWA clients, including Nissan, Adidas, McDonald’s and GSK, and reached the Top 10 Digital Agencies list in the 2013 Gunn Report.

Sami has worked on boundary-pushing and effective work on many fronts. With Nissan he headed planning for advertising, PR and events as well as DR and CRM programs; with Adidas he was involved in creating an awardwinning e-commerce solution that crossed the boundary between physical and digital; and with GSK he led a major effort to craft a mobile solution to help agarette smokers quit with the aid of GSK products. 

Matt Weiss

New Business

Matt Weiss

Global Chief Marketing Officer & Global Chief Revenue Officer

For more than two decades, Matt Weiss has focused on finding new growth opportunities and unlocking value for clients and agencies in almost every category from technology to toothpaste. In 2013, he joined Havas as Global Chief Marketing Officer, and in the following two years the network experienced it’s best growth in more than a decade.

Matt got his start at creative boutique Geer DuBois, where he learned the value of brilliant creative ideas. He then progressed from account management at JWT to Global Account Director at McCann Erickson, running MasterCard, a business he pitched, won, and managed domestically and globally. He was promoted to Chief Growth Officer of the network and later was named General Manager of the agency after a four-year span of wins that include Intel, Verizon Wireless, Nikon, Weight Watchers, and Holiday Inn. In 2010, Matt joined kbs+ as Chief of Staff, where he helped steer the vision of the agency while leading teams on Goldman Sachs, Intel, and HomeGoods.


A competitor by nature, Matt’s passions include training and racing for triathlons, fishing, skiing, and imbibing the occasional glass of cabernet.