Greg James, former CSO North America has been promoted to Global Chief Strategy Officer for Havas Group’s media business. A respected thought leader within the industry Greg has an outstanding track record, winning record levels of new business for the US and managing award winning global campaigns for LVMH, Vodafone, Nintendo, Coca-Cola and Unilever.

Greg joined the Group following Cake’s acquisition by Havas in 2008 where he was a partner and Head of Content. Greg was promoted to become Cake Group’s U.S. Managing Director in 2010 and joined Havas Media in 2013 as Chief Strategy Officer, North America. Greg is an ardent and vocal supporter of Havas Group’s integrated ‘#Together’ strategy and its Meaningful Brands® analysis. He recently formed part of the management team that led Havas Media North America to reach record growth levels helping the business to win Agency of the Year in 2017 with both AdWeek and MediaPost.

Effective immediately, Greg will report into Peter Mears, CEO Havas Group Media.

Peter Mears comments: “Greg is charismatic, collaborative and creative, with an impeccable track record for client growth and team leadership. He’s an intuitive strategic thinker and an expert in content. Loved by clients, teams and management in equal measure he was our first choice. We’ve built a strong momentum of new business wins over the last few years and I know from experience Greg will continue leading us to further success in the years to come.”

Greg James adds: “I’m thrilled to be continuing my Havas journey in a global role, 10 years after joining the network. Between our mission to Make Brands Meaningful and our role as part of Vivendi, Havas has a unique and exciting future. I’m looking forward to bringing these opportunities to life with our teams and our clients in a meaningful way. With media, creativity, content and technology colliding, our integrated Havas Villages around the world are perfectly positioned to continue this energy and success and I could not be happier to be part of the team driving it.”


About Havas Group:

Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups. Founded in 1835 in Paris, the Group employs 20,000 people in over 100 countries.  Since the end of 2017, Havas Group is fully integrated into Vivendi. Havas Group is committed to being the world’s best company at creating meaningful connections between people and brands through creativity, media and innovation. Based on a client-centric model across media and creative, the Havas Group is the most integrated company in its sector. We operate with three business units (creative, media and healthcare & wellness) within our 52 Havas Villages all over the world where teams share the same premises ensuring agility and a seamless experience for clients.

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