HAVAS: Kate Robertson Appointed Co-Global President Havas Worldwide Alongside Andrew Benett

PUTEAUX, France, Sept. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
 Kate Robertson appointed Co-Global President Havas Worldwide alongside Andrew                                     BenettDavid  Jones, Global CEO of Havas, today  announced a key management move withinthe  global agency Havas Worldwide. Kate  Robertson, currently UK Group Chairmanof Havas Worldwide, is appointed Co-Global President. In this new role Robertsonwill  share  the  responsibility  for  leading  the day-to-day management of theglobal  network with Co-President Andrew Benett.  They will both report to Joneswho will remain Global CEO of the Havas Worldwide network.David Jones said : "Kate has played a key role in the company's most significantachievements  of  recent  years  -  from  the  win  of the entire global ReckittBenckiser  business to the creation of One  Young World. She has transformed theUK  group, and this move will allow her to  play an even bigger role on a globalcanvas.  She's a  rare talent,  an inspirational  leader and someone who clientstrust  and value. She also  has a proven track  record in driving growth and newbusiness.  It's a  great time  for those  in our  industry who are excited aboutchange. Andrew and Kate are two of those people and together they will help pushus further and faster."Kate's  progression within the  Havas Group has  been impressive. She joined tenyears   ago   as  Executive  Vice  President  Europe  responsible  for  businessdevelopment and network practice.Just  one year later she  was promoted EVP Global  Brands and with Jones was thedriving  force  behind  one  of  Havas's  biggest  ever  account  wins,  ReckittBenckiser.She  was promoted UK Group  Chairman of Havas Worldwide  in February 2006 and in2010 co-founded  One Young World, a charity  that gathers together the brightestyoung  people from around the world, in  an annual summit, with global politicaland business leaders with the goal of driving positive change.Kate  Robertson added: "Working  at Havas with  David, Andrew and  the team is aprivilege.  I  love  it.  Building  a  new  company  from an existing one is thetoughest  gig in business - but that's  what we're doing with digital inside allour units and all our disciplines. Our model is unique and we're cracking it butwe  want to move faster. I am honored to have a global remit to serve a terrificgroup of people and work with the team to drive change.Kate Robertson will remain Chairman of the Havas Worldwide agencies based in theUK and her nomination is effective immediately.Kate Robertson's Biography:Kate  Robertson was made UK Group Chairman  of Havas Worldwide in February 2006after  25 years  in  the  advertising  business.   The  companies  in  her remitcurrently  include  Havas  Worldwide  London,  Havas  Worldwide London PR, HavasPeople, The Maitland Consultancy, Conran Design Group and Havas EHS.Kate  with David Jones came up with the idea of an annual summit with the aim ofbringing  together young leaders from every  country in the world to participatein  a series of debates covering major areas of global concern. Called One YoungWorld  the first summit was held in London in February 2010 and the fourth takesplace in Johannesburg, South Africa, Oct 2-5, 2013.In  January  2003 she  joined  Euro  RSCG  as  Executive  Vice President Europe,responsible for business development and network practice. From November 2004 toMarch  2006 she was EVP Global  Brands reporting to David  Jones, on the serviceand  practice of the  global accounts for  Euro RSCG Worldwide including ReckittBenckiser  for which business she  was Global Brand Director  and which in 2006aligned  all its business with  Euro RSCG in one  of Havas's biggest ever globalwins.In  1998 she founded  Scholz &  Friends London  on behalf  of the  German Group. Having  started with 5 people eventually staff numbered 53 in 2002 and accountsincluded Cable & Wireless, DHL, Dow Jones Corporate, Wall Street Journal Europe,Siemens  Household  Appliances,  British  Eggs,  Seven Seas, Pfizer, Fisherman'sFriend, Lagerfeld and Swedish Match.Kate graduated from the University of Cape Town with BA LLB degrees in 1979. Sheleft  Law for advertising  for purely instinctive  reasons like: people, fun andfunk.  And that emotional, youthful  folly proved to be  wise life-choice in thelong  run. Her great  passion and fascination  were and are  people and all thatmakes  them tick.  She is  married to  Film Producer  Bruce Robertson  and has adaughter, Ella. Contact: Lorella Gessa Communications Director, Havas Group Tél : +33 (0)1 58 47 90 36 lorella.gessa@havas.comAbout Havas WorldwideHavas Worldwide, formerly known as Euro RSCG Worldwide, is a leading integratedmarketing communications agency and was the first agency to be named GlobalAgency of the Year by both Advertising Age and Campaign in the same year. TheHavas Worldwide Network is made up of 11,000 employees in 120 cities and 75countries, with 316 offices and provides advertising, marketing, corporatecommunications, and digital and social media solutions to clients, including AirFrance, BNP Paribas, Charles Schwab, Citigroup, Danone Group, IBM, Kraft Foods,Lacoste, Merck, Pernod Ricard, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Reckitt Benckiser, Sanofi,and Volvo. Headquartered in New York, Havas Worldwide is the largest unit of theHavas group, a world leader in communications (Euronext Paris SA: HAV.PA)About HavasHavas (Euronext Paris SA: HAV.PA) is one of the world's largest globaladvertising, digital and communications groups. Headquartered in Paris, Havasoperates through its two Business Units: Havas Creative Group and Havas MediaGroup.Havas Creative Group incorporates the Havas Worldwide (www.havasworldwide.com)network - formerly Euro RSCG Worldwide - (316 offices in 75 countries), theArnold (www.arn.com) micro-network (16 agencies in 15 countries on 5 continents)as well as several other strong agencies.Havas Media Group (www.havasmedia.com), is the world's fastest growing mediagroup, operating in over 100 countries, and incorporates two major commercialbrands: Havas Media (ex MPG) and Arena.A multicultural and decentralized Group, Havas is present in more than 100countries through its networks of agencies and contractual affiliations. TheGroup offers a broad range of communications services, including digital,advertising, direct marketing, media planning and buying, corporatecommunications, sales promotion, design, human resources, sports marketing,multimedia interactive communications and public relations. Havas employsapproximately 15,000 people. Further information about Havas is available on thecompany's website: www.havas.com29-30 quai de Dion Bouton 92817 Puteaux Cedex, FranceTel +33 (0) 1 58 47 80 00  Fax +33 (0) 1 58 47 99 99SA au capital de 155 526 414,40 €- 335 480 265 RCS Nanterre - APE 7311Zwww.havas.com - Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HavasGroup/Pressrelease_PDF: http://hugin.info/143438/R/1732254/579505.pdf[HUG#1732254]