Havas Group has been working with IBM for over 20 years now (early on Havas was one of the founding members of IBM's Marketing Innovation Group and an early Watson Ecosystem partner), but the relationship is continuing to evolve, with a new practice designed to help brands tap into artificial intelligence data and use it more effectively.
Bolloré Group, already a dominant shareholder of Havas Group, now wants to take majority control.
Reflecting a slowing of business in North America, Havas reported flat first-quarter revenue of $504 million. Organic growth declined 0.9 percent compared to an increase of 3.5 percent in the year-earlier quarter.
The company said results were broadly in line with internal expectations.