Havas Creative Group hires BBH's Nicola Forristal into newly-created group Head of People

by Marie-Caroline Dubourdieu , Lipe

London 9 December 2015: Havas Creative Group today announced the appointment of Nicola Forristal as UK Group Head of People (rather than Director of Human Resources). She joins in early 2016 and will report directly into European & UK Group CEO, Chris Hirst.

The appointment of Forristal comes as Hirst assembles a new-look senior leadership team for Havas Creative Group, and follows the appointment of Ben Mooge and Andy Sandoz as ECDs, Mark Sinnock as European and UK CSO, Tracey Barber to UK CMO, Paul Ward as Group Head of Operations and Mark Whelan to CCO.

Forristal, currently director of human resources at BBH, has been at the company for 12 years, and is a trained psychotherapist. Forristal will lead talent development across Havas Creative Group.

Nicola Forristal said, “Chris’ transformation at Grey London was driven by creating the right environment for a diverse range of brilliant creative people to thrive and bring their ideas to life for clients. He has the same vision for Havas and it’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining the business.”

Chris Hirst, European and UK Group CEO at Havas added, “The best creative businesses are built on a team-based, diverse, and open culture that is constantly evolving and trying new things. (Out) Our talent strategy is going to be central to our future success and Nicola will be key to that" 

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