Havas Confirms Staffing Cuts This Week

By Erik Oster Comment

Havas has parted ways with an unspecified number of employees this week.

“We can confirm some changes in staff today at Havas. As our industry continues to change, we must respond and adapt the skills within our business,” an agency spokesperson said in a statement. “We continue with our ambition to be the best partner to the Modern CMO and we’re deeply invested in the future of our agency, our staff and our clients.”

One source claims that around 30 employees were laid off between yesterday and today. The Havas spokesperson declined to elaborate on the reason for the changes, the number of staffers impacted or the offices and/or departments involved in the shift.

Earlier today we reported on a series of layoffs at Arnold, which appear to have impacted that agency’s Boston and New York offices. That agency, which is part of the Havas network, provided a very similar statement today. It is unclear whether the moves are related.

The staffing reductions follow Havas’ purchase of New York digital agency The88 in September, which it rebranded Annex 88 as part of Havas’ Annex cultural network and the launch of New York-based brand strategy and culture consultancy Triptk.

29-year-old Sam Hornsby, who led the New York office of Omnicom consultancy group Flamingo, was named as CEO of Triptk. His was one of seven Flamingo offices that closed in April.

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