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Our Mission

To be the world’s best company at creating meaningful connections between people and brands using creativity, media and innovation.

Leadership

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Laura Maness Chief Executive Officer
Laura Maness Chief Executive Officer

Laura Maness is CEO of Havas New York’s flagship office, with full P&L responsibilities for the agency. In this role, Laura is tasked with servicing some of the most recognized companies in the world, while driving culture, talent, and innovation.

Prior to her role as CEO at Havas New York, Laura served as Chief Growth Officer for Havas North America. With nearly 20 years of strategic marketing and leadership experience, ranging from digital pure-play agencies to globally integrated ad networks, Laura spent the past three years spearheading new business development, organic agency growth, and strategic brand building across North America, all while becoming a first-time mother.

Before Havas, Laura was the senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Propane Studio, one of the fastest growing independent digital agencies with offices in San Francisco and New York. Prior to that, Laura oversaw a period of explosive growth for WPP/Wunderman-owned Designkitchen.

Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing from Loyola University Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys providing industry awareness and agency review guidance through her affiliations with the 4A’s and Mirren, and championing women in leadership through #ChangeTheRatio and She Runs It (formerly AWNY).

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Dan Goldstein Chief Strategy Officer
Dan Goldstein Chief Strategy Officer

Dan Goldstein is the Chief Strategy Officer of Havas New York, partnering with the agency’s CEO Laura Maness to innovate and drive the overall strategic direction of Havas New York.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Dan brings a blend of creatively driven agency and start-up experience to Havas, most recently as co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Los Angeles based db5, a quantitative research consultancy and one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the US. Prior to db5, Dan was Executive Head of Planning at TBWA\Chiat\Day, where he both built and led one of the industry’s largest strategy groups, servicing clients such as Pepsi, Gatorade, Visa, Nissan, and Infiniti. During his five-year tenure at TBWA, Dan was instrumental in the agency’s impressive new business wins, including the agency’s global Visa account, for which he led strategy and innovation; he was also a member of Chiat’s Executive Board Committee and management team. Prior to joining TBWA\Chiat\Day, he was Group Planning Director at Goodby Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco, where he led the strategy for Saturn, Motorola, and the agency’s winning pitch for Sprint.

Dan started his career at BBH London.

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Matt Howell Chief Experience Officer
Matt Howell Chief Experience Officer

Matt leads all digital efforts across the Havas network overseeing all digital strategy and offer development. A proven innovator, Matt is passionate about fusing technology and marketing.

Matt joins Havas from Vermonster LLC, a design and technology consultancy specializing in product development, where he serves as a Partner. Prior to that role, he was Global Chief Digital Officer at Arnold and Havas Creative Group. Previously, Matt was President at the creative agency Modernista! in Boston, where he ran the interactive group and successfully integrated digital practices into the core of the agency’s offering. He also spent over three years at R/GA, where he managed the Nike account, overseeing the creation of products like NIKEiD and Nike+. Matt’s work has taken top honors at Cannes, the CLIOs, and The One Show.

 

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Jeff Blackman Managing Director
Jeff Blackman Managing Director

Jeff joined Havas New York as Managing Director of digital businesses. In his role, he oversees the agency’s 20 year relationship with IBM including cognitive innovations with IBM Watson. In addition, he focuses on customer experiences brought to life for our clients through design, content, data, and technology.

Jeff brings with him a deep background in helping brands build stronger customer relationships through storytelling and technology. From boutique consultancies to global agencies, Fortune 100 brands to start-ups, for over 15 years he has helped businesses build strategies for how digital can drive growth.

Previous to Havas, Jeff was a partner at Trade NTE, a boutique consultancy focused on narrative design and data-driven storytelling to reframe how brands go to market. While there, he launched content platforms for GE Capital and Bank of America. Prior to that, Jeff led the digital practice at Publicis on the Citibank business where he led the U.S. Olympics campaign and introduced the Google Wallet brand partnership. Jeff’s work in media and entertainment has been quoted by Adweek as “rewriting the rules of movie marketing” for Paramount Pictures.

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Morgan Seamark Managing Director
Morgan Seamark Managing Director

Morgan has been working in integrated advertising communications for 20+ years in both Western Europe and North America. As Managing Director he is responsible for a large portfolio of business as well as a part of the New York Management Team.
Morgan began his career at D’Arcy New York working on P&G brands such as Ivory Snow and the launch of Swiffer. He then moved to Y&R to work on the pilot “Integrated Solution” for Sony Electronics that successfully created a new agency structure and re-launched the Sony Walkman, MiniDisc and Handycam brands in North America.

His career then took him to London for 6 fantastic years where he had the opportunity to “Go Digital.” Working at Agency.com running British Airways and then later joining the management team that launched the highly successful London office of Fullsix interactive.

Back in NY again, Morgan joined BBDO Worldwide where led the Gillette, Lowe’s, CVS, and Campbell’s Soup businesses.

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Jon Dupuis Chief Performance Marketing Officer and Managing Director
Jon Dupuis Chief Performance Marketing Officer and Managing Director

Jon Dupuis is Chief Performance Marketing Officer and Managing Director of the New York Office. A newly created role, Jon is tasked with scaling and optimizing performance marketing capabilities for clients within the New York group.

For nearly two decades, Jon has been helping renowned brands navigate an ever-changing digital and media landscape. Jon’s career began at global agency McCann Erickson cultivating a roster that included Callaway Golf, WD-40, and ConAgra. In 2002, he started his own agency, NYCA, which he quickly grew from two people to a shop of 65 employees across 12 global accounts including TaylorMade-adidas and ViewSonic. 2008 marked Jon’s return to New York as he guided the operational structuring and sale of Cossette-NY, Canada’s largest agency network.

Prior to Havas, Jon spent the last 6+ years at DigitasLBi leading the American Express business globally, overseeing digital communications across brand, acquisition and loyalty. During that time, he helped develop some of Amex’s most notable digital-led platforms: Small Business Saturday, Unstaged, My Movie Pitch, and Passion Project. In 2015, Jon started a DigitasLBi relationship with Under Armour, including social media projects across the brand’s football properties; just a year later under Jon’s leadership, the agency added Performance Media AOR duties.

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Diana Vienne Chief Talent Officer
Diana Vienne Chief Talent Officer

Diana Vienne is Chief Talent Officer of Havas New York, partnering with the agency’s leaders to drive organizational change to support the ongoing growth of our business and talent.

With a deep background in talent management and strategic consulting, Diana joins Havas from MMC (Marina Maher Communications), where she partnered with leadership to shepherd the company through a digital transformation and organizational change management across all aspects of their business.

Prior to joining MMC, Vienne spent over 17 years as a global business consultant, working with top tier consulting firms, including Deloitte Consulting, PwC and Ketchum Change delivering strategic change management and talent management programs. Her key clients included PepsiCo, United Technologies, Exxon/Mobil, Nielsen, Scholastic, Prudential, IBM, Harper Collins and more.

Vienne holds a MA from New York University in Business Education and Organizational Effectiveness, and a Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from the University of Michigan Business School. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and an active participant in the global and local community, involved in non-profit projects and activities for organizations such as Cross Cultural Solutions, Common Ground and The NY Foundling.

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Frank Mangano Havas NA Chief Operating and Financial Officer
Frank Mangano Havas NA Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Frank has been with the Havas group for over 13 years, serving in various positions including Chief Financial Officer of ASL and Chief Financial Officer of Havas Digital, where he managed a total of nine East Coast offices.

Prior to his current dual role, Frank was the CFO of Havas New York, responsible for upholding strong financial management and accountability. Over the past four years, he has managed a 71% increase in agency profitability.

Frank received a Bachelor of Science from the School of Professional Accountancy at C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in New York.

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Carly Wengrover Associate Director of Communications
Carly Wengrover Associate Director of Communications

Carly Wengrover is Associate Director of Communications at Havas New York. In her role, Carly oversees all internal and external communications for the New York office, earning media for creative campaigns and thought leadership, while helping to build a unique agency culture for employees.

Prior to joining Havas, Carly was at advertising agency J. Walter Thompson for six years, where her team spearheaded corporate communications, events and partnerships for the headquarter office. There she helped develop programs for the agency at major events including SXSX, Advertising Week and Social Media Week, while also working closely on strategic communication programs for national and multinational clients like Nestle, Tylenol, Macy’s, NAMI, Zyrtec and PUMA, among others. She also helped earn J. Walter Thompson a spot on Ad Age’s A-List in 2013.

Carly began her communications career in the Public Relations department of Brooks Brothers.

Capabilities

We provide our clients with a full range of integrated tools and services across multidimensional platforms. Our extensive in-house capabilities and best-in-class partners allow us to create custom, purpose-built solutions that help drive our clients’ businesses.

The Most Interesting Man in the world. An Example of our Advertising. Advertising

Big, integrated ideas across all communications platforms.

Football field. Symbolizing strategy Brand Strategy

The crucial insights that lay a foundation for all creative thinking.

Social Marketing

Ideas that speak the language and spark the conversations of the world.

Sticky notes from an experience design working session Experience Design

Smart, intuitive, and engaging user experiences.

Claritin commercial image Health & Wellness

Havas Tonic operates within HavasWW as an innovative practitioner
of healthcare communications.

Luxury

Tailor-made approach for the world’s most premium brands.

Web interface of a brand design color palette Brand Design

Brand identities that are built to last, because they build brand equity.

gears and a brain stylistically together Analytics & Decision Sciences

Data transformed into actionable insights.

Direct Marketing

Lasting relationships that are built one loyal customer at a time.

PR & Corporate Communications

Powerful storytelling and narratives to put clients at the center of cultural storms.

Hand interacting with mobile device Mobile Marketing

Mobile solutions that seamlessly engage consumers with branded experiences.

Image of a tablet laying on a table ( a device where digital commerce occurs). Digital Commerce

Integrated platforms that allow brands to merchandise strategically and effectively.

Over-the-shoulder image of a video editor in our content studio Content Studio

Studio 6 is our in-house, best-in-class content delivery system incorporating live-action editorial, audio, design, animation, and digital production.

Product Development

Our in-house Innovation Lab creates proprietary apps and digital experiences that translate into real-world sales.

Person writing date on sticky note Engagement Planning

Shaping more meaningful brand experiences.

Tools

Want to build a great brand? Start with great tools. In the hands of smart collaborators, our proprietary tools can generate meaningful brand experiences.

Creative Business Idea
The CBI is the foundation of our success in building great businesses. It generates differentiating ideas by bringing together strategic planners and clients in the most imaginative development process.
Prosumer
Prosumers are leading-edge consumers making and breaking markets today. To understand a category, you have to follow these influencers very closely. Our Prosumer database of 55,000 people around the world allows us to predict future attitudes and trends.
Decipher
This tool enables the crucial analysis of communication conventions. The in-depth study of visual and verbal codes allows us to identify emerging trends and fresh ways of looking at each category.
Brand Momentum
We track each brand’s position in the marketplace by measuring its traction against that of its competitor's. As in political polling, we can accurately measure brand consideration, or how consumers are likely to vote.