Havas China shakes up leadership after dissolution of media and creative divisions

Havas has reorganised its existing China executive team to give all its leaders additional roles within the newly unified company.

Mason Lin, currently Havas creative Greater China chairman has been appointed as chairman of Havas Group Greater China; Karl Wu, currently Havas Media Greater China CEO, has been handed the role of CEO of Havas Group, Greater China, while Donald Chan, currently Havas Creative China CEO will take on the role of CEO of Havas Group, China.

The announcement:

The centralised structure in Greater China with singular leadership across all the brands follow the March announcement of a global restructure in which the creative and media businesses became business units under one regional P&L. The announcement also saw a number of new Group roles including the appointment of the then CEO APAC Havas Creative Group, Mike Amour, to become Chairman & CEO Havas Group APAC.

This is an evolution of the Group’s “Together” strategy following the roll out of 48 Havas Villages across the world, bringing together Havas agencies of different disciplines within a single location.

Mike commented: “Mason, Karl and Donald will form a fully integrated management team at Havas Group Greater China, working closely together, but with complementary responsibilities. I am confident that this structure will further accelerate Havas Greater China’s business and will provide clients with a more agile and seamless experience in this critically important market.”

Yannick Bollore, Chairman and CEO, Havas Group said, “China is one of our most important markets, and of great strategic importance to many of our global clients. The current reorganisation comes on the heels of our recently announced joint venture with local advertising giant GIMC and I am optimistic that these new initiatives will further solidify our proposition in the market.”

Havas Group Greater China currently employs 800 people across 5 Havas Village hubs in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Earlier this year the Group strengthened its operations by signing a joint venture between Havas and GIMC, China’s largest local marketing & communications group.

Source: Havas


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