Leadership


Marian Salzman
CEO, North American Operations

@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.


Angie Argabrite
Senior Vice President, Head of Editorial Services

@akarga

Angie was hired in 2010 to lead Havas PR’s editorial department and is on point for all the agency’s editorial output, from press releases, white papers and new-business pitches to trend pieces, op-eds and CEO speeches. She spent 14 years working for properties of Aol and/or Time Warner. Directly before joining @havasprus, Angie served as programming director for Aol, where she oversaw content creation for two of Aol’s largest properties as well as related sites and blogs in the U.S. and abroad. She was managing editor and features editor for Moviefone.com, copy editor for Entertainment Weekly, then staff editor at EW.com. Among her other publishing experience, she conceived and executed the highly regarded collection Girls: An Anthology (Global City Press). Angie received a bachelor’s degree in humanities/writing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she was a William E. Brock Scholar.


John Casey
Senior Vice President

@johntcaseyjr

Among other duties, John is managing 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. John comes from freshfluff, a PR/social media agency he founded. Before that, he 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/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. He is also a leading authority on promoting mobile apps, has written articles that have appeared in industry-leading journals and websites, and was invited to participate in Apple’s weeklong Worldwide Developers Conference in 2012.


Susan English
Senior Vice President

@susan_english

Susan joined Havas PR in 1999 and currently works on Transitions Optical and PPG Industries business. She provides strategic counsel and planning and has helped clients initiate programs in new areas, such as managed care, clinical research and education, corporate giving and multicultural marketing. Her team’s results for Transitions Optical have been recognized with national awards for 10 years in a row. Past clients include Carrier, Bayer, Heinz U.S.A. and American Eagle Outfitters. Susan began her career as a TV reporter for the CBS station in Waco/Temple/Killeen, Texas. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in journalism and a business foundations certification.


Janene Ferrara
Executive Vice President and Global Head of Healthcare

@janeneferrara

Janene oversees the Havas PR healthcare practice (offices in New York and London). She has an expertise in developing, launching and managing client programs that consistently increase brand visibility. Before serving as SVP in
the Healthcare Practice at Marina Maher Communications, Janene oversaw its Healthcare Media Department. Clients have included Sanofi, GSK, Pfizer Nutrition, Millennium, Salix, QMed, Visioncare, Pfizer and Novo Nordisk. Janene was a media specialist at the Chandler Chicco Agency, garnering national placements in business, trade and consumer media outlets, and she worked in media relations and account management roles at Cohn & Wolfe, Vorhaus & Co. and the National Archives & Records Administration. Janene has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Long Island University and a B.A. in English from SUNY Geneseo.


Julie Hall
Managing Director, New England

@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.


Renee Harper
Executive Vice President North America

@reneejharper

Renee has worked extensively on five continents successfully developing and executing global marketing, communications and public affairs campaigns in the corporate, entrepreneurial, nonprofit, foundation and government sectors. Client brands that she has worked with include BMW, Braun, Disney, Kohler, Red Bull, Starbucks, the United Nations, U.S. Central Command and more. She is a member of the 2012-13 cohort of America’s Leaders of Change, part of the National Urban Fellows. Her professional background includes the Morgan Stanley Office of Development (HR and Communications), Nike Inc. sports marketing for the NBA, Pearson Media (U.K.) and the Columbia Journalism Review magazine at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Renee joins Havas PR from Newark Public Schools, where she was chief communications officer. She holds an undergraduate degree in theology from Georgetown University and is a candidate for a master’s in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


Shazzia Khan
Chief Talent Officer

@shazziakhan

Shazzia oversees talent acquisition and development strategies for the Havas PR and Havas Health networks. She previously worked on the account management side for brands such as Maxwell House (Ogilvy & Mather), Snapple (Deutsch) and Jockey International (Grey). Shazzia grew up in Brooklyn, earned her B.B.A. at Hofstra University, and has lived in Paris and Milan.


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.


Karina Meckel
Senior Vice President and 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.


Courtney Myers
Senior Vice President

@mycourt

Courtney has played an integral role on the Transitions Optical, Bayer Plastic and Polyurethanes Division, Carrier and PPG Industries accounts. She has also assisted with programs for General Nutrition Centers and Heinz and helped win six awards related to the launch of Transitions Optical’s next-generation photochromic lenses and several Silver Anvil Awards of Excellence. Courtney is a Carnegie Mellon graduate with a bachelor’s in industrial design and minors in psychology and fine arts.


Chaz Ross
Senior Vice President of Media

@ChazzieG

Chaz brings 19 years of award-winning public relations experience to Havas PR and its clients. She works to find new ways to tell brand stories and to motivate people to not only follow them but also to actively participate in them by using every aspect of the marketing mix—events, experiential, PR, social media and word of mouth. Her groundbreaking campaigns have resulted in recognition by numerous industry award competitions, notably SABRE, CIPRA, Big Apple and three finalist nominations in the VNR category from PRWeek. Before entering the field of public relations, Chaz worked in national news for “Dateline NBC.” She has served on the editorial board for JDRF’s magazine Countdown and is actively involved with the organization. Chaz earned a B.A. in biology from Syracuse University and an M.A. in journalism from New York University.


Pattie Sullivan
Senior Vice President

@berti_sullivan

Pattie has been with the agency for 16 years. From ketchup and polyurethanes to nutritional supplements and process control systems, Pattie has applied her strategic counsel, media insight and award-winning writing to clients in diverse industries. She has worked with the American Chemistry Council, Bayer, Filene’s Basement, GNC, Heinz North America, Emerson Process Management Power & Water Solutions and PerkinElmer. In 2009, she was named PR Practitioner of the Year by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Business Marketing Association. Pattie began her career as a reporter at Pittsburgh Business Times, then was editor at Industry.net Report. Freelance stories have appeared in Advertising Age and a Pittsburgh business magazine. She graduated cum laude from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s in journalism and minor in business.


Jody Sunna
Senior Vice President, Head of Consumer and 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
Executive Vice President

@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.