Havas Group Appoints James Wright Global Chairman Havas PR Collective and CEO Havas PR North America
The Havas Group today announced the appointment of James Wright as Global Chairman, Havas PR Collective, and CEO of Havas PR North America. The move will ensure continued alignment of the earned, experiential and content offerings across the organization, as the Group enters the second part of its Together strategy. This new phase aims to streamline the group’s offerings into powerful verticals, totally integrated into the 52 Havas Villages around the world.
The Havas PR Collective is the PR and communications arm of the Havas Group, comprising over 40 agencies around the world and more than 1,500 professionals across multiple disciplines. In his new role, Wright will both drive the North America business, which has significant expansion plans, and spearhead more unified collaboration to its global offering focusing on best-in-class creativity, technology and innovation.
Currently, Wright is Group CEO of the Havas-owned Red Agency Australia, and responsible for Havas-owned PR agencies across the Asia-Pacific region. He concurrently serves as Chief Commercial Officer for Havas Group Australia/New Zealand. Under his leadership, Wright transformed the Red Agency into a regional powerhouse of creativity and one of the most awarded agencies in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2017, PR Asia named Wright Agency Head of the Year at its annual awards show. During this period, the wider Havas Group ANZ tripled in size. Wright joined the Havas Group in 2011 from the U.K.
Yannick Bollore, Havas Group Chairman and CEO, said: “We are very excited that James has accepted the opportunity to lead our global PR business. His impact in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region in the PR industry is peerless—and his experience is what we need to deliver a strong, cohesive earned and experiential offer that will attract the best talent and future-focused clients.”
“Between Havas and the Vivendi Group, we have unparalleled access to talent, data, technology and innovation,” said Wright. “This is an incredible opportunity to position Havas PR as the global industry leader that maximizes client outcomes in the changing face of media, technology and consumer behavior. I look forward to working with our teams in the U.S. and around the world to make this vision a reality.”
Donna Murphy, Global CEO Havas Health & You, added: “James’s outstanding vision and leadership, progressive thinking and passion for our teams and clients, make him the perfect fit for driving the next phase of our PR business.”
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 and 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 Havas Villages all over the world where teams share the same premises ensuring agility and a seamless experience for clients.
Chief Communications Officer
+33 (0)1 58 47 90 36
Senior Vice President, Havas PR