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Havas North Asia vice chairman Stephen Cox parts ways with agency

Another senior executive has departed Havas, with North Asia vice chairman and chief integration office, Stephen Cox, exiting the agency, it has emerged.

Cox had been with Havas since 2011. He spent more than seven years as chief executive in Japan before taking the North Asia role in September last year.

Cox’s departure follows the exit three months ago of North Asia chairman and CEO Levent Guenes.

As with Guenes, Cox will not be replaced.

Cox’s LinkedIn profile says he left Havas this month, although the agency said in a statement he left earlier this year to pursue other interests.

Following the departure of Guenes to Netflix, both North Asia markets – Havas Group Japan and Havas Group Korea – report directly into APAC CEO Mike Amour.

In a further move, Havas said its Japan MD Toshio Naka has been appointed to the newly created role of chairman, Havas Group Japan, assuming leadership of its creative and media units. He will report to Amour.

The agency said Naka’s promotion was a “further step in our global Together strategy of collaboration and integration”.

Creation of the North Asia division was described last year by Havas as a “key pillar” in accelerating its Together strategy.

Despite the departures of Guenes and Cox – the region’s leadership team – Havas said it remained focused on North Asia as a sub region.

Amour has also taken Guenes’s former mergers and acquisition role “thereby ensuring executive level focus, attention and agility”, Havas said.

Cox was drafted in to assist Guenes in the region with a focus on driving collaboration between Havas Group and Vivendi subsidiaries Universal Music Growth, Daily Motion, Gameloft and Canal+ Group

Cox said at the time of his appointment that he was keen to “drive our ambition to be a network to reckon with in this region.”

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