It’s announcing that Havas PR has the best people in the business. We’re pleased to congratulate both of our nominees for the PR News PR People Awards on becoming finalists: Ravi Sunnak, for Agency PR Professional of the Year, and Kate Urbach, for Agency Account Manager of the Year. Winners will be announced in December. Among many other reasons, Ravi has generated heaps of awareness and new positioning for our corporate clients, been instrumental in securing top new-business wins and built the agency’s $300,000 corporate offer into a $2 million one since his arrival in May 2013. Kate, once a Havas PR intern, began her full-time career in July 2013 as the organizational linchpin for the 25 offices of Havas PR’s Global Collective. Within a few months, she was operating well above her responsibilities and taking on more; she is now also an SAE managing our largest shared global client. Kate’s dependability, adaptability, organizational skills, innovativeness and more also led to her just being named to PR News’ Rising PR Stars 30 and Under list.
In the inaugural PRWeek Global award competition, the Havas PR Global Collective received four top honors, including two for Havas PR North America. Global Nonprofit Campaign of the Year went to #GivingTuesday (an initiative of the United Nations Foundation and 92Y worked on by Havas PR North America and four non-Havas agencies), and Highly Commended in that category was the Airfood Project (Havas Worldwide Paris). Airfood was also Highly Commended in the Global Citizenship category. Marian Salzman, CEO of Havas PR North America and global chair of the Havas PR Collective, was named Global Professional of the Year, Agency. In addition, the Collective, Havas PR UK and Llorente & Cuenca were named to the shortlist in a total of five categories.
It’s the culmination of another awards season, and we are on overdrive pulling our Red Threads through some of the best work we’ve done in the past year. But this week the best story being told is by leading scientists around the world, who are relating the latest climate science update to audiences everywhere. With the help of a global consortium of Havas PR agencies and affiliates that we created, they are delivering the facts in a language everyone can understand through media worldwide. The first phase of the report, released in September 2013, garnered 412 million media impressions and 85 percent sustained, on-message positive coverage (and 10 percent neutral), versus 61 percent positive coverage the previous six months. The release of the second phase of the report in the past week has received unprecedented coverage, reaching more than 1 billion people to date and measured at 90 percent positive so far.
Although the Steelers are on the skids, the Pittsburgh office of Havas PR keeps scoring. Last Thursday, they won six Golden Triangles from the International Association of Business Communicators’ local chapter: two Awards of Excellence, for writing (a bylined article for Bayer MaterialScience) and media relations (for the One Young World summit in Pittsburgh last year), and four Awards of Honor, for poster design (the “Checklist for Access” for the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association), communication management (for One Young World), speech writing (Transitions Optical’s North America Marketing keynote at Transitions Academy) and employee/member communication (also for Transitions Optical, our 20th award for work for our longtime client in the past four years alone, for the “Vision and Values” statement we developed for the company).