Havas announces two key senior management appointments: Andrew Benett to Global President of Havas Worldwide; Robert LePlae to

   Havas announces two key senior management appointments: Andrew Benett to
  Global President of Havas Worldwide; Robert LePlae to Global CEO of Arnold

Appointments focused on further accelerating growth and innovation at both

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --David Jones, Global CEO of Havas, today
announced two key management moves. Andrew Benett, currently Arnold Worldwide
Global CEO, is appointed to the new role of Global President at Havas
Worldwide (previously known as Euro RSCG). In this new role Benett will assume
responsibility for leading the day-to-day management of the global network.
Benett will report to Jones, who will remain Global CEO of the Havas Worldwide

In a second key move, Robert LePlae, previously Arnold Worldwide's Global
President, will now become its Global CEO. LePlae will also report to Jones.

Jones commented: "This is an incredibly exciting time for our industry,
presenting fantastic opportunities for big talents like Andrew and Robert, who
are motivated by change. The momentum at Havas is very strong at the moment,
following the successful rebranding of Euro RSCG to Havas Worldwide, the
unique co-location of all our media, creative and digital teams into one
building in Paris and in New York, and a great fourth quarter of new business
wins and digital growth. These senior management moves represent another
important step in delivering our strategic plan."

Benett has been with Havas for nearly a decade. Prior to his role at Arnold
Worldwide, he served as Global Chief Strategy Officer for Euro RSCG Worldwide
and CEO of Euro RSCG New York. He has a track record of building strong teams
that deliver great results. During his recent three-year tenure leading Arnold
Worldwide, he and his team grew the agency by more than 30%, winning and
growing relationships with clients including The Hershey Company, Jack
Daniel's, Unilever, Volvo, American Eagle Outfitters and fab.com. The team
also dramatically enhanced the agency's digital capabilities, while expanding
the micro-network's offerings in Amsterdam, London, Moscow, Shanghai and

"I am very proud of what we've accomplished and delivered together. The
leadership team at Arnold is one of the most passionate and committed I've
seen, and they are further strengthened by the expertise and experience Robert
brings," Benett said. "I am looking forward to my new role. Havas Worldwide's
digital strength and leadership in the areas of social media and social
responsibility have put the agency at the cutting edge of the industry and we
have high expectations of what we can accomplish in 2013."

Robert LePlae brings a wealth of experience to his new role. He spent 11
years at TBWA, including five years as CEO of TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles,
leading to his appointment as President of TBWA North America. He also spent
two years in Japan as founding CEO of an international joint-venture company
to run the Nissan business globally. He is considered to have been a
cornerstone in the emergence of TBWA Worldwide as a leading global creative
network. Immediately prior to joining Arnold, he served as North American
President at McCann Worldgroup.

"When I joined Havas last year, its reputation as the most agile,
entrepreneurial and integrated of all the big communications groups was
incredibly appealing. Stepping into the CEO position at Arnold is an inspiring
chance to deliver results for a first-rate group of clients, and to lead a
world-class, innovative team at Arnold," added LePlae.

"Both Robert and Andrew will have a similar focus in their new roles — making
successful businesses even more successful. When we moved Andrew to Arnold, we
put him there to develop and execute a plan to turn around the agency — he's
done that very successfully. The move to Havas Worldwide provides a different
opportunity as the agency is coming off one of the best new business streaks
in its history, having in the last few weeks won the global Unilever data
business, the European Central Bank account, Louis Vuitton globally, Berluti
globally, and Citibank CRM and eCRM as just a few of the highlights. His key
focus will be leveraging his strategic strength to lead the business to even
more rapid growth. Arnold's spectacular turnaround also means that Robert is
facing the same task. I look forward to them both delivering for our clients
and, in turn, for their agencies," concluded Jones.

Benett will retain his Chief Strategy Officer role at Havas Creative Group.
All other titles and roles remain unchanged.

About Havas
Havas (Euronext Paris: HAV.PA) is one of the world's largest global
advertising, digital and communications groups. Headquartered in Paris, Havas
operates through its two Business Units, Havas Creative and Havas Media.
Havas Creative Group incorporates the Havas Worldwide (www.havasworldwide.com)
network - formerly Euro RSCG Worldwide - (316 offices in 75 countries), the
Arnold (www.arn.com) micro-network (16 agencies in 15 countries on 5
continents) as well as several other strong agencies.
Havas Media (www.havasmedia.com) is the world's fastest growing media group,
operating in over 100 countries. A multicultural and decentralized Group,
Havas is present in more than 100 countries through its networks of agencies
and contractual affiliations. The Group offers a broad range of communications
services, including digital, advertising, direct marketing, media planning and
buying, corporate communications, sales promotion, design, human resources,
sports marketing, multimedia interactive communications and public relations.
Havas employs approximately 15,000 people. Further information about Havas is
available on the company's website: www.havas.com

About Havas Worldwide
Havas Worldwide, formerly known as Euro RSCG Worldwide, is a leading
integrated marketing communications agency and was the first agency to be
named Global Agency of the Year by both Advertising Age and Campaign in the
same year. The Havas Worldwide Network is made up of 11,000 employees in 120
cities and 75 countries, with 316 offices and provides advertising, marketing,
corporate communications, and digital and social media solutions to clients,
including Air France, BNP Paribas, Charles Schwab, Citigroup, Danone Group,
IBM, Kraft Foods, Lacoste, Merck, Pernod Ricard, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Reckitt
Benckiser, Sanofi, and Volvo. Headquartered in New York, Havas Worldwide is
the largest unit of the Havas group, a world leader in communications
(Euronext Paris SA: HAV.PA)

Lorella Gessa
Communications Director
Havas Group
+33 (01) 58 47 90 36

Yvonne Bond
Global Communications Director
Havas Worldwide
(212) 886-2035

SOURCE Havas Group

Website: http://www.havas.com
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