Dan Gibson

Dan Gibson

Managing Partner at Havas helia
London, United Kingdom

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Managing Partner
London, United Kingdom
April 2017 - Present (6 months)
Business lead across a range of global businesses including Chivas Regal, Rolls-Royce and Dove Digital.
In 2017, drove winning pitches consecutively for Rolls-Royce and Carling.
On Dove, Dan leads the Global Digital Communications output for the brand across their seven categories, and has driven the development of a new digital ambition for Dove. In the service of this ambition, Dan & team have launched the Havas Culture Catcher, helping to generate the most engaging and most relevant communications for the Dove business. In Oct 2016, Dove was ranked by L2 as the Number 1 brand in the Personal Care category for Digital IQ.
Seat on Agency Management Group.
Managing Partner
London, United Kingdom
November 2015 - Present (1 year 11 months)
Havas helia brings together Data and Creativity to drive business transformation for its clients.
I head up the team producing all Global Digital strategy and communications for Unilever's Dove business.
35 campaigns p.a. across Dove Deo, Dove Hair, Skincare, Skin Cleansing, Baby Dove, Dove Men+Care and Masterbrand.
Applying helia's Smarter Art to produce award-winning work and data-driven digital innovation.
In Oct 2016, Dove was ranked by L2 as the #1 brand in the Personal Care category for Digital IQ.
Group Managing Director
Havas Creative Group Singapore
December 2013 - October 2015 (1 year 10 months)
Promoted to lead concurrently both the Host and Havas Worldwide creative agencies, a combined team of 75 people.
Rolled out new agency vision and restructured agency service offering.
Converted pitch wins globally for Quanta, regionally for Tokio Marine, Allied World, Accor & Magners and locally for Singapore Government. Established first ever APAC hub for Total.
Regional ExCo member. Regular Industry Speaker.
Nominee for Singapore Agency Head of the Year.
Managing Director
Host Singapore
October 2012 - December 2013 (1 year 2 months)
Business starter at Havas-backed independent Creative agency start-up.
Clients won included Coca-Cola, for whom we were Agency of Record for several brands on a regional basis, Tourism Western Australia, WingTai Retail, Google, Unilever Lux, Citibank, SMRT, BiC & Paypal APAC.
Offshoot of Host Sydney, a full service agency with a strong record in Digital and Branded Content.
An agency designed for the New World, with collaboration at its core.
Managing Director
Ogilvy & Mather Advertising
March 2010 - October 2012 (2 years 7 months)
Led the cross-discipline teams on Regional business (Philips, Kimberly-Clark) and the Health Promotion Board (HPB). Campaigns for HPB picked up multiple Creative and Effectiveness awards: I was co-author on the paper for 'I Quit'​ which won Gold at the 2012 UK IPA Effectiveness awards. Meanwhile our HPB client was voted Client Marketer of the Year twice in succession.
Cannes Silver.
Pitch lead on wins for Nike, Miele, M+S, MCYS, HPB and Qantas.
Digital Advertising lead and introduced 'The Facebook Desk' in-house to drive collaborations with Facebook.
P&L responsibility for the Advertising agency.
Regular judge for Effectiveness awards.
Head of Account Management / Global Business Lead on adidas
Amsterdam, Netherlands
September 2003 - February 2010 (6 years 5 months)
Led global adidas Football campaigns through 2 World Cups and 2 Euros. Responsible for full integration through Digital, PR and Retail.
Two successive Euro Effie Grand Prix wins, as we extended category leadership over Nike.
Helped adidas to Advertiser of the Year at Cannes in 2006.
Account Director
London, United Kingdom
September 1998 - September 2003 (5 years)
Axe, Audi, Sony Ericsson, Perfetti van Melle and ITV


Masterclass in Screenwriting

Robert McKee
2009 (1 year)
In this three-day ‘rite of passage’ seminar, Robert McKee teaches the substance, structure, style, and principles of story. Past students include the likes of Peter Jackson, Russell Brand, Jimmy Fallon, Julia Roberts, David Bowie, and John Cleese.

Master of Arts (MA) English Literature Grade Double 1st

University of Oxford, 3PA
1994 - 1997 (3 years)
Activities and Societies: Rugby League Half Blue, Vincents Club, Trinity College Commemoration Ball Committee

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