Leadership


Marian Salzman
CEO

@mariansalzman

Named one of the world’s top five trendspotters, Marian has managed trendspotters around the globe for 16-plus years. She launched the word metrosexual into pop culture in 2003. Before leading Havas PR, Marian was CMO at Porter Novelli, CMO at JWT Worldwide, chief strategy officer at Euro RSCG Worldwide, worldwide director of TBWA’s Department of the Future and director of consumer insights and emerging media at Chiat\Day, where she co-founded Cyberdialogue—the world’s first online market research company—in 1992 with Jay Chiat. Currently chairman of the Havas PR global collective, she also advises the Berlin School of Creative Leadership’s M.B.A. program and is a member of the mentoring board of Brown University’s Women in Business. Marian graduated from Brown with top honors. She is the author or co-author of 15 books including Next Now and The Future of Men.


Katie McSorley
President, Mid-Atlantic

@katiemcsorley

Katie’s expertise encompasses positioning and messaging, strategy development, media relations, employee and customer relations, community relations, cause marketing, and crisis and issues management. In her more-than-25-year career, she has worked with Transitions Optical, PPG Industries, Bayer MaterialScience, Emerson Process Management, Heinz, Alcoa, US Steel, Nestlé, Jenny Craig, GNC, Johnson & Johnson, PerkinElmer, Kaldewei, Wexford Health and the Nursing Society. Katie is a Manhattanville College graduate with a bachelor’s in English.


Jody Sunna
EVP, Director of Consumer/Lifestyle

@jsunna

Jody has been with Havas PR since 2009 and has a strong, 10-year background in working with leading retail, consumer and lifestyle brands. She has managed the agency’s corporate and consumer work for Coty Inc., as well as consumer programs for Pernod Ricard’s ODDKA Vodka by Wyborowa and Ford Motor Co.’s Warriors in Pink. Jody has also led retail campaigns for Sears Holdings (Sears and Kmart), Office Depot and GameStop. As a leader of strategic and tactical efforts for programs benefiting military heroes, pet adoption and healthy kids, among others, she knows the value of cause marketing. Jody has managed social media and digital campaigns and launched products for companies including ODDKA Vodka by Wyborowa, Purina, Quiznos and vitaminwater. Before joining @havasprus, Jody worked at Stanton Crenshaw Communications and at Kelliher Samets Volk, a boutique marketing and PR firm in Burlington, Vt. Jody is a graduate of Purdue University.


Ravi Sunnak
EVP, Director of Corporate

@RaviSunnak

Ravi joined Havas PR in 2013 to head the agency’s corporate and cause business. Ravi has 10 years of experience in corporate and cause communications, specializing in providing senior-level strategic counsel and tactical implementation for the public and private sector. He has advised CEOs of everything from Fortune 500 companies to tech startups on profiling and positioning; worked in a variety of sectors including financial services, leisure, retail and sustainability; and was global lead for The Economist Intelligence Unit. Ravi has a wealth of experience in government, working with organizations such as the U.K.’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Think London, the State of Qatar, Chengdu municipal government and the government of Mauritius. Before joining @havasprus, he set up Grayling’s new corporate communications practice in New York after almost five years in its London office. Ravi graduated with a degree in law from University London College, London.


John Casey
EVP, Director of Climate Practice NA

@johntcaseyjr

Among other duties, John is directing global PR work for the United Nations Foundation’s two-year project to boost awareness and understanding of climate change problems, an account he was instrumental in winning. As a result of his work, John was a finalist for PR News’ PR Team Leader of the Year for 2013. In addition, the United Nations Foundation/Havas PR team is a 2014 winner and finalist for multiple national and international awards. John currently heads the Americas hub of the Havas Worldwide Climate Practice, which was launched in July 2014. Previously, he was the director of freshfluff, a PR/social media agency he founded. Before that, John was a senior PR/media relations director for Toys “R” Us, Sears, Kmart and Macy’s; held supervisory roles at Porter Novelli and Ruder Finn; and was a press secretary on Capitol Hill for a congressman on the House Interior, Labor and Foreign Affairs committees.
John has successfully led PR and social media campaigns in public affairs and cause, entertainment, technology, consumer/retail, books, movies and more, with experience handling crisis, regulatory and governmental issues, and product recalls.


Kendra Matathia
SVP, Director of Havas Conexiones

@cubanamamarama

With a passion for creating meaningful consumer connections, Kendra has more than 15 years’ experience working with the U.S. Hispanic and general markets focusing on marketing, brand advocacy and consumer engagement. From launching Mashup Jungle for Chili’s baby back ribs to creating the first-ever domestic violence awareness campaign for Verizon Wireless to helping multiple Hanes celebrity endorsements resonate with the U.S. Hispanic market, her experience with top-tier brands ranges from fashion and packaged goods to healthcare and multicultural marketing. Before relocating to Orange County, Calif., Kendra served as vice president at the Axis Agency in Austin, Texas, where she managed its southern territories. Kendra graduated from American University with a degree in international relations and Latin American studies; she has a master’s from the Milano Graduate School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School in New York City.


Julie Hall
EVP, Director of Growth

@juliehallboston

Julie leads Havas PR New England from the Boston office. With more than 20 years of PR and marketing expertise, Julie has created award-winning programs for global brands and companies like Baskin-Robbins, Colgate-Palmolive, Crayola, Dunkin Donuts, General Mills, Gillette, Hasbro, McDonald’s, Subway, Sears Holdings and Woolite, among many others. Before joining Havas PR, she held leadership positions at Cone, MSL and Weber Shandwick, and most recently she spent 11 years as a partner at Boston-based boutique agency Schneider Associates, where she led strategy and thought leadership surrounding social media and launches. Julie co-wrote The New Launch Plan: 152 Tips, Tactics and Trends from the Most Memorable New Products. She has been published in Harvard Business Review and named one of the Top PR Practitioners to Follow on Twitter. Julie is a graduate of Providence College and Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management (OPM) and Key Executives programs.


Karina Meckel
EVP, Director of Strategy

@KarinaMeckel

Karina helps enhance strategic processes agencywide. She co-leads The Sisterhood initiative, acts as a media spokesperson for Havas PR North America with Marian Salzman, and leads the account teams for Chiquita and Coty. One of the fastest-rising strategic planners in our company’s history, Karina joined as a junior planner in 2004, then quickly rose to lead planner on the Nestlé Frozen Foods business and planner on the Charles Schwab business; she also worked on the Reckitt Benckiser account. Karina is a graduate of Brown University.