Chris is European and UK Group Chief Executive Officer. In 2017 Havas moved all 1800 of their London employees to Havas Kings Cross giving them a unique breadth and depth of capability in one location.
Chris’ vision to develop bespoke multi-disciplinary teams built around the needs of clients - with a single lead, a single culture and single P&L. Chris’ recent appointment as European and UK CEO follows a successful 12 years at Grey London. During his 6 years as CEO at Grey he transformed the agency into the fastest growing (doubling its size) and most creatively awarded in the UK advertising market. As well as winning IPA agency of the year.
Xav joined us in early 2016 from adam&eveDDB. His previous agencies include BBH, Claydon Healey and AIS, giving him broad experience across the industry.
He wears it lightly, though, and has a reputation for honesty, integrity, consistency, and openness. He instils those qualities through the whole team, too. Former clients describe him as one of the best account men they’ve ever worked with, who always balances the client’s business need with the best creative solution. He always pushes for more, always wants quality, always builds strong relationships to make things happen within the creative proceeds.
He’s a strategic thinker, and a business man. He believes in running tight, efficient teams, in which the account handlers keep a constant eye on the budget, while his passion for creative is infectious. And he makes sure his team rallies behind the work (as long as it's on brief).
Colleagues describe him as serious, but always fun. Havas believes in recruiting the very best into our senior management team, and Xav clearly fits the bill. He’s not just respected by the clients, agency teams and creatives he’s worked with, but admired, and missed by those who no longer work with him.
Mark has been the CCO of Havas London for the past three years leading the creative direction on our global digital account for Dove, Chinese mobile technology giant Huawei, Reckitt Benkiser and Credit Suisse.
Prior to this, Mark very successfully founded the ground-breaking creative agency Cake, who were acquired by Havas in 2008. There he grew the agency to become world famous for its innovative approach to brand marketing and communications which have become common practice today. Cake were also pioneers in entertainment partnerships, pushing the boundaries of traditional “badge” sponsorships – for example the Carling Cold Beer Amnesty which allowed festival-goers to exchange their own cans of any brand beer for an ice cold Carling. Prior to founding Cake, Mark worked at a number of advertising and media agencies.
Mark joined Havas in January 2016 from M&C Saatchi. As Fallon CSO Mark led planning across the business, masterminding Cadbury Gorilla and developing strategy for the Sony portfolio, which was immortalised in its highly integrated ‘Sony Balls’ campaign.
He’s spent time client-side, too – nearly four years as Marketing Director at ASDA where he launched the world’s first ‘Price Guarantee’ initiative. Following that, he spent four years in Asia as regional CSO for two WPP networks. There he led the planning on Ogilvy’s first IPA Gold 2012 for Singapore’s anti-smoking lobby, and transformed the Coke Hands campaign into a Cannes Grand Prix success.
Since returning to the UK Mark has worked closely with Virgin Holidays, TFL and NatWest, delivering customer insight, communications strategy and smart channel planning. He is demanding and inspiring in equal measure, and the measure of his strategic thinking is the number of creatively outstanding campaigns he’s brought to market across the world.
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Tracey started her career as a Suit with Lowe Howard Spink in the halycon advertising days of the 1990s, where she was part of an agency who delivered award-winning work for clients such as Tesco, Stella Artois, and News International.
She moved client-side to Lloyds TSB before having a number of years running her own consultancy, working for numerous intermediaries and agencies advising on client/agency relationships and new business best practice. She then moved back into agency world, joining Havas helia (then EHS Brann) and taking them to Agency of the Year, before joining DLBi and working with Kitcatt Nohr and Digitas LBI.
Tracey joined Havas as Creative Group CMO in September 2015 before being promoted to Europe and UK Group CMO – a role in which she oversees new business and marketing for Havas’ media and creative agencies in the UK and across Europe
Ben became our joint ECD at the end of 2015. Before that he was a partner of the digital agency Work Club from its inception in 2007 until joining the Havas family in 2014. Prior to running his own start-up, Ben learned from another, joining a six-month old Mother in 1997, and leaving 10 years later as Creative Director.
Mother won Campaign’s ‘Agency of the Decade’ during Ben’s time there, and he personally won 3 prestigious D&AD pencils, Cannes Lions, British Arrow Golds and Grand Prix at Epica and the Art Director’s Club, working on a range of clients including PG Tips, Pot Noodle, Boots, Orange, ITV Digital, EMAP, UKTV, Egg and The Observer. Under Ben and Andy’s stewardship Work Club won Marketing’s ‘Digital Agency of the Year’ in 2011, Campaign’s ‘Digital Agency of the Year’ in 2012, and was part of Ad-Age’s Creativity A-List in 2013 and has been recognised at D&AD, Cannes and One Show.
He is passionate about driving up the quality of writing across our industry, especially in digital media, where it’s so often lacking.