• HARMAN and Havas announce a global partnership for a globally integrated agency model
  • The global scope includes mainly creative, media and production
  • The competitive pitch, running since July and hosted by Roland Berger, involved all major holding companies to find a partner that can serve HARMAN brands globally
  • HARMAN’s consumer brands include JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG and Mark Levinson, among others


HARMAN International has today announced Havas Group as its global Agency of Record across all its brands and territories. The cross-market, cross-discipline scope covers integrated marketing solutions across HARMAN’s businesses and brands, including the iconic consumer lifestyle brand JBL, the home audio systems brand Harman Kardon, and HARMAN’s B2B products, services and technology solutions for automakers and enterprise customers globally.


Havas Group will deliver a global and fully integrated solution that brings together brand strategy, creative, content, media and production as well as selective support in social media and influencer marketing. The highly competitive pitch ran for several months from July 2022 and involved competition from every major holding company.


The Havas global account team will work across regional hubs for the Americas, Europe, and Asia as well as through dedicated teams in key markets.

Havas Group will apply its proven integrated Village approach to HARMAN, delivering a globally aligned strategy across markets and disciplines, leading to better creative and local market adoption while still retaining local market relevance and agility. The Havas Group’s ability to deliver end-to-end production services, a data-led experience and a media solution that unlocks meaningful content and efficiencies of scale, as well as holistic planning and performance across channels, were key considerations in their selection. Havas´ mandate especially includes bringing the JBL brand to the next level of consumer activation.


Havas Group’s new technologies, tools, and platforms as well as its data-centric strategic approach, allow for reduced complexity, making it possible to consolidate HARMAN’s roster of agencies.


HARMAN International’s Vice President of Brand Strategy and Consumer Insights, John Livanos said: “HARMAN’s marketing team is strengthening our operational model and building upon the foundational principles of insights, automation, integration, measurement, and accountability that will unlock exponential business growth. Havas will be a central partner in this growth journey. We’re excited to build the solutions we need together and know that Havas are as invested in our success as we are.”


Havas Group Chairman and CEO, Yannick Bolloré added: “We’re thrilled to start this new and exciting partnership with HARMAN. At Havas, we combine agility and global reach, making us a brilliant option for a growth business like HARMAN with huge ambition. It’s our collaborative spirit brought to life and a great opportunity for us to deliver meaningful growth together.”


Click here to download the press release.

For more information, contact:


Stéphanie Bertrand-Tassilly
Chief Communication & CSR Officer, Havas Group
+33 (0)6 80 84 49 62


Faye Raincock
Global Head of Communication, Havas Creative
+44 7940973963



About Havas Group

Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups. Founded in 1835 in Paris, the Group employs 22,000 people in more than 100 countries and operates through its three business units covering all communication activities. Havas Group’s mission is to make a meaningful difference to brands, businesses and people. To better anticipate client needs, Havas has adopted a fully integrated model through its 70+ Havas Villages around the world. In these Villages, creative, media and healthcare & wellness teams work together, ensuring agility and a seamless experience for clients. We are committed to building a diverse culture where everybody feels they belong, can be themselves, thrive and grow. Havas Group integrated Vivendi in December 2017. Further information about Havas Group is available on the company’s website: havasgroup.com



About Harman

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. HARMAN is a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.