Havas PR North America Hires Renee Harper As Executive Vice President
In the Newly Created Role, Harper Will Deliver Strategic Counsel in New
Business, Particularly in Education, Philanthropy and NGO Sectors
NEW YORK, June 4, 2013
NEW YORK, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Renee Harper, CCO of the Newark public
school system, has been named executive vice president at Havas PR North
America. Harper will be based in New York, reporting directly to Marian
Salzman, CEO, North America, and chair, Havas PR Global Collective.
Harper joins Havas PR N.A. at a time of meaningful growth at the agency; her
appointment will further that expansion as she focuses on new business
opportunities in the education, philanthropy and NGO sectors. She will serve
as a strategic adviser to Salzman and will also serve as strategic counsel to
the agency's newly won business for the UN Foundation. Harper's presence at
Havas PR N.A. is one more example of the high priority it places on cause
work, which includes its Baker's Dozen initiative—by which the agency donates
about $1 million in services for every $12 million in billings. Some worthy
organizations that have benefited from the group's commitment to giving
include the Bob Woodruff Foundation and its Stand Up for Heroes benefit;
#GivingTuesday, with which the agency is partnering at this year's Cannes
Lions; and SafeandSound.org, an initiative for which Havas PR is providing
"When Renee walked into my office, I knew I wanted her on the team within five
minutes. She exudes integrity, passion and intellectual vitality—everything
that matters to an agency on a growth trajectory, as well as to a global
collective poised to win not on a command and control methodology but because
we back extraordinary entrepreneurs bonded by shared values and commitment to
like-minded clients," said Salzman.
Added Harper, "I am very excited to join such an entrepreneurial group as
Havas PR N.A. And with its global scope, Havas is a natural fit for my
experience and expertise in multiple regions around the globe, including the
U.S., U.K., Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa."
In August 2011, Harper was hired as a consultant for the Foundation for
Newark's Future and the Newark Public Schools to lead the communications,
media and messaging strategies surrounding the fundraising and stewardship of
a $200 million philanthropic donation spearheaded by Mark Zuckerberg and Mayor
Cory Booker to set a national model for transformative urban education reform
in America. Harper was appointed Chief Communications Officer for NPS in April
of 2012, a role in which she will continue for the immediate future.
Harper is a member of the 2012-2013 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
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About Havas PR North America
Our call to action is "Connected," and our commitment is to the Future First.
As the North American earned-media and buzz boutique within French holding
company Havas, we're part of the Havas PR global collective. Headquartered in
New York City with offices in Pittsburgh and Chicago, Havas PR North America
(formerly known as Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, or @erwwpr) is one of the most
awarded agencies of our size in the U.S. For more information, go to
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