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HAVAS PR NORTH AMERICA ANNOUNCES MULTIPLE PROMOTIONS AND NEW HIRES IN NEW YORK AND PHOENIX

To Deliver on Expanded Client Portfolios and New Business Wins, Agency Promotes Two Key Team Members and Adds Three New Hires

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2018—Award-winning New York-based earned media and buzz agency Havas PR has welcomed three new hires and promoted two key team members. Kellyn Curtis has been promoted to associate vice president and Audrey Arbogast to senior account executive. Both report into Vice President Stephanie Clarke. Havas PR additionally tapped Alyssa Carfi as account supervisor and added two new account executives, Kelsey Hamel and Troy P. Thompson, to the team. All three report into senior vice president Melanie Klausner.

“We’re thrilled to advance two of our most talented team members and to welcome the infusion of energy and ideas that come with our trio of new hires,” said Havas PR CEO James Wright. “At Havas PR, we believe our best assets walk in and out of the building every day, and we’re certain that by hiring smart, hungry and exciting talent like Alyssa, Troy and Kelsey, we’ll continue to deliver ideas that truly move the needle for our clients across the country.”

Kellyn Curtis Havas PR

Kellyn Curtis promoted to associate vice president. Based in Havas PR’s New York office, Curtis has stepped up to help manage Havas PR clients including True Citrus, Fox Restaurant Concepts, AQUA Carpatica, Colliers International and Frost Gelato while also helping the agency win AOR for True Food Kitchen. Her passion for food, beverage and restaurants combined with her passion to lead her teams and exceed client expectations has led to some very impressive results (and happy clients).

 

Audrey Arbogast Havas PR

Audrey Arbogast promoted to senior account executive. In Arbogast’s three-plus years at Havas PR’s Phoenix office, she has played an instrumental role in developing its digital marketing services, inspiring the agency to add social media and influencer relations into the scope for more clients. Recognized as a Rising Star by the Social Shake-Up Show, Arbogast has demonstrated expertise in digital strategies, media relations, product launches and new store openings.

 

Alyssa Carfi Havas PR

Alyssa Carfi hired as account supervisor. Having worked with both startups and Fortune 500 companies on the agency side, Carfi carries over five years of experience in B2B and B2C. She specializes in corporate communications, media relations and event planning on a global scale. Prior to joining the Havas PR team in New York, she worked as the senior manager of global PR and corporate communications at Omnicom’s Interbrand Group of Companies, where she led media relations and corporate communications throughout the network globally.

 

Kelsey Hamel Havas PR

Kelsey Hamel hired as account executive. Hamel comes to Havas PR from Kel & Partners in Boston, where she held the title of PR account manager. Her experience ranges from corporate and consumer spaces to nonprofit, hospitality and higher education clients, for whom she has launched campaigns and secured top-tier national coverage. At Havas PR, Hamel works to develop and support media relations. She is based in New York.

 

Troy Thompson Havas PR

Troy P. Thompson hired as account executive. Thompson comes to Havas PR from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), where he managed digital communications and supported the development of the society’s first member-exclusive mobile app and “How I Communicated That” podcast. He also represented PRSA on numerous executive panels, sharing insights on diversity and inclusion as well as the changing communications landscape. Thompson is a strategic advisor to the Museum of Public Relations and visits colleges regularly to inspire students to enter the field. He is based in New York.

About Havas PR
As the North American earned-media and buzz agency within French holding company Havas, we’re part of the Havas PR Global Collective. Headquartered in New York City with offices and team members in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Providence and Chicago, Havas PR North America is one of the most awarded agencies of our size in the U.S. For more information, go to us.havaspr.com.

HAVAS PR PITTSBURGH PROMOTES BRE STEPHENS AND JACOB GNIESKI

Bre Stephens Havas PR 2018

Bre Stephens

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 9, 2018Havas PR is pleased to announce the promotions of Bre Stephens to senior account executive and Jacob Gnieski to assistant account executive.

Stephens joined Havas in August 2015 and has been delivering strong results ever since. Her vast technical knowledge and strong media relations skills have made her a vital member of several client teams, including Covestro, Bayer AG and MilliporeSigma. A day-to-day contact for many clients, Stephens is also a mentor to junior team members, onboarding them as well as guiding them through a variety of projects. Additionally, her excellent work has been recognized by the community: She received the 2018 Rising Star Renaissance Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Pittsburgh chapter. Stephens graduated from Robert Morris University in 2015, where she received her bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in public relations.

“Bre continues to take on an increasing number of responsibilities at Havas—delivering effective programs and strong results without missing a beat,” said Katie McSorley, Mid-Atlantic president of Havas PR. “We are extremely proud to have her as part of our team.”

Jacob Gnieski Havas PR 2018

Jacob Gnieski

Gnieski joined Havas in October 2017, rapidly adapting to agency and client demands. Skilled at media relations and marketing communications, Gnieski is an integral part of the LivaNova client team. He has also contributed to the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. client teams, further growing his specialization in the healthcare industry. Active in the community, Gnieski was recently elected to the board of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Pittsburgh chapter, where he serves as a member of the marketing communications committee. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Robert Morris University in 2017.

“Proactive, media-savvy and able to turn around quality work quickly, Jacob is a tremendous asset to our team,” McSorley said.

About Havas PR
As the North American earned-media and buzz agency within French holding company Havas, we’re part of the Havas PR Global Collective. Headquartered in New York City with offices and team members in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Providence and Chicago, Havas PR North America is one of the most awarded agencies of our size in the U.S. For more information, go to us.havaspr.com.

HAVAS PR PROMOTES TWO IN PITTSBURGH OFFICE

Catherine Clements

Catherine Clements

PITTSBURGH, July 23, 2018Havas PR is pleased to announce the promotions of Catherine Clements and Megha Pai. Each will now serve as an assistant account executive.

Clements joined Havas PR in June 2017, quickly becoming an integral and valued member of the team. In her new role, Clements will continue to support several accounts, including MilliporeSigma, Transitions Optical and Deseret Publishing. Excelling in media relations, Clements has secured numerous local and national media placements—contributing to strong program results through her strategic and diligent efforts. She also works closely with The Global Collective—helping to unite 45 Havas Group agencies worldwide. Clements graduated with honors and a degree in public relations and advertising from Duquesne University. She also holds a certificate in business administration from the university.

Megha Pai

Megha Pai

Pai joined Havas PR in June 2017, utilizing her strong aptitude for writing and strategy in content creation and social media management—writing articles, social media copy, press releases and pitches with precision. In her new role, Pai will continue to support several accounts, including Bayer AG, Covestro, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Vitamin Angels. Her writing skills and research contributions have been invaluable to her client teams. Pai received her MBA from Duquesne University. She graduated with honors and bachelor’s degrees in political science and English writing from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

“Both Catherine and Megha exude positivity and dedication, producing effective results for the variety of client projects they have each taken on,” says Katie McSorley, Mid-Atlantic president of Havas PR. “They are both tremendous assets to our team.”

About Havas PR
As the North American earned-media and buzz agency within French holding company Havas, we’re part of the Havas PR Global Collective. Headquartered in New York City with offices and team members in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Providence, Chicago and Boston, Havas PR North America is one of the most awarded agencies of our size in the U.S. For more information, go to us.havaspr.com.

HAVAS GROUP APPOINTS JAMES WRIGHT GLOBAL CHAIRMAN OF HAVAS PR GLOBAL COLLECTIVE AND CEO OF HAVAS PR NORTH AMERICA

James Wright Havas PR

James Wright, Global Chairman, Havas PR Collective, and CEO of Havas PR North America

PARIS (July 10, 2018)—The Havas Group today announced the appointment of James Wright as Global Chairman, Havas PR Collective, and CEO of Havas PR North America. The move will ensure continued alignment of the earned, experiential and content offerings across the organization, as the Group enters the second part of its Together strategy. This new phase aims to streamline the group’s offerings into powerful verticals, totally integrated into the 52 Havas Villages around the world.

The Havas PR Collective is the PR and communications arm of the Havas Group, comprising over 40 agencies around the world and more than 1,500 professionals across multiple disciplines. In his new role, Wright will both drive the North America business, which has significant expansion plans, and spearhead more unified collaboration to its global offering focusing on best-in-class creativity, technology and innovation.

Currently, Wright is Group CEO of the Havas-owned Red Agency Australia, and responsible for Havas-owned PR agencies across the Asia-Pacific region. He concurrently serves as Chief Commercial Officer for Havas Group Australia/New Zealand. Under his leadership, Wright transformed the Red Agency into a regional powerhouse of creativity and one of the most awarded agencies in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2017, PR Asia named Wright Agency Head of the Year at its annual awards show. During this period, the wider Havas Group ANZ tripled in size. Wright joined the Havas Group in 2011 from the U.K.

Yannick Bollore, Havas Group Chairman and CEO, said: “We are very excited that James has accepted the opportunity to lead our global PR business. His impact in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region in the PR industry is peerless—and his experience is what we need to deliver a strong, cohesive earned and experiential offer that will attract the best talent and future-focused clients.”

“Between Havas and the Vivendi Group, we have unparalleled access to talent, data, technology and innovation,” said Wright. “This is an incredible opportunity to position Havas PR as the global industry leader that maximizes client outcomes in the changing face of media, technology and consumer behavior. I look forward to working with our teams in the U.S. and around the world to make this vision a reality.”

Donna Murphy, Global CEO Havas Health & You, added: “James’s outstanding vision and leadership, progressive thinking and passion for our teams and clients, make him the perfect fit for driving the next phase of our PR business.”

About Havas Group
Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups. Founded in 1835 in Paris, the Group employs 20,000 people in over 100 countries and is fully integrated into Vivendi. Havas Group is committed to being the world’s best company at creating meaningful connections between people and brands through creativity, media and innovation. Based on a client-centric model across media and creative, the Havas Group is the most integrated company in its sector. We operate with three business units (creative, media and healthcare & wellness) within our Havas Villages all over the world where teams share the same premises ensuring agility and a seamless experience for clients.

HAVAS PR & FRIENDS TO PRESENT SXSW PANEL: TRENDSPOTTING IN THE LAST 15 YEARS

To explore how the evolution of influence and trendspotting impacts brands today, HYPR’s Ryan Berger, Estée Lauder Companies’ Joy Peabody and Haute & Co. Bridal’s Shannelle Armstrong will participate in a Havas PR-moderated panel

NEW YORK CITY (Feb. 28, 2018)—Award-winning New York-based earned media and buzz agency Havas PR will host a Trendspotting in the Last 15 Years panel on Thursday, March 15, at SXSW 2018 in Austin, Texas. Havas PR CEO Marian Salzman will moderate a panel of internationally renowned experts on trendspotting and influence at the Fairmont Austin (101 Red River Street) from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In a discussion that promises to be both instructive and entertaining, panelists Ryan Berger, partner at influencer marketing group HYPR, Joy Peabody, director of global consumer engagement for the Estée Lauder Companies, and Shannelle Armstrong, founder and chief stylist at Haute & Co Bridal, will explore what makes an idea, person or trend take off, as well as how the role of influence has changed from the analog era (2003) to today (2018).

“‘Influencer’ no longer refers only to the Kim Kardashians of the world; the possibility of influence has expanded to Average Joes with blogs, vlogs and social media accounts,” says Marian Salzman, Havas PR CEO. “Now that we’re fully immersed in the influencer movement, social media celebrities are transforming marketing as we know it, enabling virality and making trendspotting all the more vital for brands. We look forward to using this panel to discuss the new opportunities that brands have to grow their followings and influence by getting ahead of trends.”

Having brought “metrosexual”—an American Dialect Society Word of the Year—and many other trends to the zeitgeist, Havas PR abides by the mantra “Don’t just be in the news, be the news.” This way of thinking and working reflects the agency’s passion for deciphering what the future holds, then crafting the next headline to make the future belong to its clients. At the end of each year, Havas PR releases a widely read trends forecast, and last year it published “Agile PR: Expert Messaging in a Hyper-Connected, Always-On World,” a book celebrating the many ways that public relations has evolved into the most agile of the communication arts.

A registered SXSW badge is required for admission to this panel. Reserve your spot by RSVPing to taylor.jeffrey@havas.com.

For more information on Havas PR’s Trendspotting in the Last 15 Years panel, visit https://schedule.sxsw.com/2018/events/PP77621.

About Havas PR
Our call to action is “Connected,” and our commitment is to the Future First. As the North American earned-media and buzz agency within French holding company Havas, we’re part of the Havas PR Global Collective. Headquartered in New York City with offices in the three P’s—Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Providence—Havas PR North America is one of the most awarded agencies of its size in the U.S. For more information, go to us.havaspr.com.

HAVAS PR SCORES TEN AWARDS AT PITTSBURGH PRSA RENAISSANCE AWARDS

 Havas PR Account Executive, Bre Stephens, Named 2018 “Rising Star”

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 30, 2018—Havas PR had a strong presence at the recent PRSA Pittsburgh chapter’s 2018 annual Renaissance Awards—earning 10 awards overall, including six Renaissance Awards and three awards of merit for client campaigns. Havas PR account executive, Bre Stephens, was also named the 2018 “Rising Star.” The PRSA Renaissance Awards—which recognize the region’s best public relations campaigns and tactics—were presented during a ceremony at the Heinz History Center on Jan. 25.

A full listing of awards won by Havas PR on behalf of its clients is below.

  • Bayer AG—Award of Merit for the “Highlighting a YOUniverse of Bayer Innovation” entry in the Written Content category.
  • IPEMA—Renaissance Award for the “Survey Says: Parents View Kids’ Play Differently Among Generations” entry in the Media Relations category.
  • MilliporeSigma—Two Renaissance Awards for the innovative STEM education program, “Curiosity Cube™ Sparks Scientific Curiosity Across the United States,” in the Reputation Management and Media Relations categories.
  • National Vision, Inc.—Renaissance Award and Best-in-Show nod for the “Changing Perceptions: How National Vision is Encouraging Optometrists to Give Corporate Optometry a Second Chance” entry in the Reputation Management category.
  • RESPECTAgZone—Renaissance Award for the action-oriented campaign, “Protecting Indiana Township’s Thriving, Green Land,” in the Media Relations category.
  • Sodexo—Renaissance Award for the social media campaign, “Sparking Online Conversation around Quality of Life,” in the Written Content category.
  • Transitions Optical—Two Awards of Merit for the influencer program, “Transitions Change Agents: Appealing to Younger Eyes,” in the B2B Campaign category, and the “Clean Shades on National Sunglasses Day: Using Video Content to Educate and Entertain” entry in the Multimedia Content category.

In addition to the nine campaign-focused awards, Bre Stephens—an account executive within the Pittsburgh office at Havas PR—was named the 2018 Rising Star. Given annually to one individual, this award recognizes public relations professionals who have been in the industry for fewer than five years, but who have made a significant impact in their field.

“We are honored to have our PR industry organization’s recognition of our work, talent and dedication—and are pleased that the PRSA recognizes the tremendous value that Bre Stephens brings to the industry as much as we do,” said Katie McSorley, president, Mid-Atlantic, Havas PR.

About Havas PR
As the North American earned-media and buzz agency within French holding company Havas, we’re part of the Havas PR Global Collective. Headquartered in New York City with offices in Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Providence, Havas PR North America is one of the most awarded agencies of our size in the U.S. For more information, go to us.havaspr.com.

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