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HAVAS: Kate Robertson appointed Co-Global President Havas Worldwide alongside Andrew Benett

PUTEAUX, France, Sept. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Kate Robertson appointed Co-Global President Havas Worldwide alongside Andrew Benett David Jones, Global CEO of Havas, today announced a key management move within the global agency Havas Worldwide. Kate Robertson, currently UK Group Chairman of Havas Worldwide, is appointed Co-Global President. In this new role Robertson will share the responsibility for leading the day-to-day management of the global network with Co-President Andrew Benett. They will both report to Jones who will remain Global CEO of the Havas Worldwide network. David Jones said : "Kate has played a key role in the company's most significant achievements of recent years - from the win of the entire global Reckitt Benckiser business to the creation of One Young World. She has transformed the UK group, and this move will allow her to play an even bigger role on a global canvas. She's a rare talent, an inspirational leader and someone who clients trust and value. She also has a proven track record in driving growth and new business. It's a great time for those in our industry who are excited about change. Andrew and Kate are two of those people and together they will help push us further and faster." Kate's progression within the Havas Group has been impressive. She joined ten years ago as Executive Vice President Europe responsible for business development and network practice. Just one year later she was promoted EVP Global Brands and with Jones was the driving force behind one of Havas's biggest ever account wins, Reckitt Benckiser. She was promoted UK Group Chairman of Havas Worldwide in February 2006 and in 2010 co-founded One Young World, a charity that gathers together the brightest young people from around the world, in an annual summit, with global political and business leaders with the goal of driving positive change. Kate Robertson added: "Working at Havas with David, Andrew and the team is a privilege. I love it. Building a new company from an existing one is the toughest gig in business - but that's what we're doing with digital inside all our units and all our disciplines. Our model is unique and we're cracking it but we want to move faster. I am honored to have a global remit to serve a terrific group of people and work with the team to drive change. Kate Robertson will remain Chairman of the Havas Worldwide agencies based in the UK and her nomination is effective immediately. Kate Robertson's Biography: Kate Robertson was made UK Group Chairman of Havas Worldwide in February 2006 after 25 years in the advertising business. The companies in her remit currently include Havas Worldwide London, Havas Worldwide London PR, Havas People, The Maitland Consultancy, Conran Design Group and Havas EHS. Kate with David Jones came up with the idea of an annual summit with the aim of bringing together young leaders from every country in the world to participate in a series of debates covering major areas of global concern. Called One Young World the first summit was held in London in February 2010 and the fourth takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa, Oct 2-5, 2013. In January 2003 she joined Euro RSCG as Executive Vice President Europe, responsible for business development and network practice. From November 2004 to March 2006 she was EVP Global Brands reporting to David Jones, on the service and practice of the global accounts for Euro RSCG Worldwide including Reckitt Benckiser for which business she was Global Brand Director and which in 2006 aligned all its business with Euro RSCG in one of Havas's biggest ever global wins. In 1998 she founded Scholz & Friends London on behalf of the German Group. Having started with 5 people eventually staff numbered 53 in 2002 and accounts included Cable & Wireless, DHL, Dow Jones Corporate, Wall Street Journal Europe, Siemens Household Appliances, British Eggs, Seven Seas, Pfizer, Fisherman's Friend, Lagerfeld and Swedish Match. Kate graduated from the University of Cape Town with BA LLB degrees in 1979. She left Law for advertising for purely instinctive reasons like: people, fun and funk. And that emotional, youthful folly proved to be wise life-choice in the long run. Her great passion and fascination were and are people and all that makes them tick. She is married to Film Producer Bruce Robertson and has a daughter, Ella. Contact: Lorella Gessa Communications Director, Havas Group Tél : +33 (0)1 58 47 90 36 lorella.gessa@havas.com About Havas Worldwide Havas Worldwide, formerly known as Euro RSCG Worldwide, is a leading integrated marketing communications agency and was the first agency to be named Global Agency of the Year by both Advertising Age and Campaign in the same year. The Havas Worldwide Network is made up of 11,000 employees in 120 cities and 75 countries, with 316 offices and provides advertising, marketing, corporate communications, and digital and social media solutions to clients, including Air France, BNP Paribas, Charles Schwab, Citigroup, Danone Group, IBM, Kraft Foods, Lacoste, Merck, Pernod Ricard, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Reckitt Benckiser, Sanofi, and Volvo. Headquartered in New York, Havas Worldwide is the largest unit of the Havas group, a world leader in communications (Euronext Paris SA: HAV.PA) About Havas Havas (Euronext Paris SA: HAV.PA) is one of the world's largest global advertising, digital and communications groups. Headquartered in Paris, Havas operates through its two Business Units: Havas Creative Group and Havas Media Group. Havas Creative Group incorporates the Havas Worldwide (www.havasworldwide.com) network - formerly Euro RSCG Worldwide - (316 offices in 75 countries), the Arnold (www.arn.com) micro-network (16 agencies in 15 countries on 5 continents) as well as several other strong agencies. Havas Media Group (www.havasmedia.com), is the world's fastest growing media group, operating in over 100 countries, and incorporates two major commercial brands: Havas Media (ex MPG) and Arena. A multicultural and decentralized Group, Havas is present in more than 100 countries through its networks of agencies and contractual affiliations. The Group offers a broad range of communications services, including digital, advertising, direct marketing, media planning and buying, corporate communications, sales promotion, design, human resources, sports marketing, multimedia interactive communications and public relations. Havas employs approximately 15,000 people. Further information about Havas is available on the company's website: www.havas.com 29-30 quai de Dion Bouton 92817 Puteaux Cedex, France Tel +33 (0) 1 58 47 80 00 Fax +33 (0) 1 58 47 99 99 SA au capital de 155 526 414,40 €- 335 480 265 RCS Nanterre - APE 7311Z www.havas.com - Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HavasGroup/ Pressrelease_PDF: http://hugin.info/143438/R/1732254/579505.pdf [HUG#1732254] Source:HAVAS