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Havas hires Mike Amour as APAC CEO as Juan Rocamora retires after two decades of service

Havas has hired former Grey and Starcom boss Mike Amour as CEO of Havas Creative Group Asia Pacific.

Mike Amour

Amour left his role as APAC president of Starcom following a restructure of the Publicis Media company in July, and Havas marks a return to the creative agency business for the experienced Scot.

Juan Rocamora

Rocamora

He will move into a role performed for the last two decades by Juan Rocamora, who is to retire at the end of the year.

The announcement from the agency this morning:

New York, October 14, 2016—Havas Creative Group today announced the appointment of Mike Amour to the position of Chairman and CEO of Asia Pacific, effective October 17.

In this new role, Amour will be responsible for leading and driving continued collaboration and growth in one of the most dynamic regions for Havas Group. The appointment is a key milestone in the group’s ongoing efforts to build agile teams and integrated structures to deliver the most impact for clients. Amour will report to Andrew Benett, Global CEO of Havas Creative Group, and will be based in Singapore.

“Mike is a visionary leader with a track record of driving transformation, and I’m confident his leadership will further accelerate the Group’s performance in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Benett. “He is a true internationalist with unique experience across different communications disciplines and developing markets.”

“I am excited to be joining a company where clients can access a truly integrated service offering,” said Amour. “The network’s Village model is a significant competitive advantage, and I look forward to leveraging it fully to make Havas an indispensable partner to brands in the region.”

Prior to joining Havas Creative Group, Amour was President, Asia Pacific at Starcom Mediavest Group. Previously, as CEO Asia Pacific at Project: Worldwide, Amour created a future-facing offer to drive growth beyond experiential marketing. Amour also led Grey Group Asia Pacific for four years as Chairman and CEO, where he oversaw significant growth, including acquisitions in China, India, and Vietnam. Prior to that, based in London, New York, Tokyo, Paris and Portland, Amour held senior management positions at McCann, TBWA, and Wieden + Kennedy. Amour will take over from Juan Rocamora, currently Chairman, Havas Creative Group APAC, who will retire at the end of the year.

“After 20 years with Havas, the last seven in APAC, I felt that turning 60 was the right moment to settle back with my family in Barcelona and enjoy life at a more leisurely pace. Mike is a terrific guy, and I am sure that he will lead the great team we have been building up in the region to new heights,” said Rocamora.

“I am grateful to Juan for his service and commitment to Havas for almost two decades, and I wish him the very best. His progressive leadership has had a tremendous impact on Havas Creative Group’s growth and reputation in Asia Pacific,” said Benett. 

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