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NEW CEO AT HAVAS WORLDWIDE HEALTH EUROPE SIGNALS AGENCY’S DEEP COMMITMENT TO GROWTH

August 30, 2012


The Agency’s New Head, Ben Davies, Brings Extensive Pharma Marketing and Advertising Experience to His Role

London (30 August 2012) — Havas Worldwide Health, a leading health and wellness communications agency, is pleased to announce the selection of Ben Davies as CEO of its European division, effective Sept. 3, 2012. Davies takes the reins from current CEO, Ed Stapor, who will serve through the end of the year in order to ensure a smooth transition before taking on a new challenge within the network. Davies will report to New York–based Havas Worldwide Health managing partners and CEOs Doug Burcin and Donna Murphy.

For the past 26 years, Davies has held a broad range of positions in healthcare marketing and advertising. He comes to HWWH from PAN Advertising, where he rose from director to managing director and ultimately CEO. Davies was also the co-founder and EU Chairman of Indigenus, an independent global network of entrepreneurial healthcare creative agencies; a member of the executive board and joint head of the health division at Creston Plc; and was previously a founding partner of both a consumer health agency and a medical education agency. His strong leadership and management skills and extensive experience in the field will be an asset for both employees and clients.

“We are very excited to welcome Ben to our team. His background in healthcare marketing and advertising is impressive and will be a tremendous contribution to our continued success in Europe,” said Burcin. “Ed's done a great job in this role and we have full confidence that under Ben’s leadership, we will continue to grow and innovate in Europe.”

“Ben’s credentials are incredibly strong and he’ll be a great asset to Havas Worldwide Health,” added Murphy. “We’re excited to see how his wide range of abilities and leadership experience will work to keep us at the forefront of the health and wellness communications industry.”

Commenting on the hire, Stapor said, “Ben is a real talent with a proven track record of success in Europe. He’s exactly what we are looking for to continue driving our momentum in the region and I am confident we are in good hands for future growth.”

Havas Worldwide Health is ambitious in its goals of gaining access to leading technology, bolstering its status as one of the world’s premier health and wellness communication agencies, inspiring solutions and boosting clients’ standards. Earlier this year, the agency hired a new Managing Director, Claire Dobbs, for their London operation and acquired Manchester-based digital agency Creative Lynx.

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About Havas Worldwide Health
Havas Worldwide Health is the umbrella company for Euro RSCG Life and Health 4 Brands, two wholly owned global health communications networks. With more than 60 offices in 50 countries, the Havas Worldwide Health network has a uniquely unified model with all disciplines—medical, strategy, promotion, managed markets, medical education, digital, DTP/DTC, advertising, and PR—inside one agency, with one P&L. This allows channel-agnostic solutions that are right for our clients’ brands without the traditional silos and intra-agency complexities. Havas Worldwide Health is the global health holding company within Havas (Euronext Paris: HAV.PA), a global advertising and communications services group headquartered in Paris.
For more information about Havas Worldwide Health, visit the company’s website at www.havashealth.com