Yannick Bolloré Is Now Global CEO of Havas Creative Group

Andrew Benett steps down after 13 years at the company

"It's a very exciting time," Bolloré said. Getty Images
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Major leadership changes are coming to Havas Group today. The group announced that longtime global CEO of Havas Creative Group and Havas Worldwide, Andrew Benett, will be leaving the network.

Yannick Bolloré, the current chairman and CEO of Havas Group, will add the role of global CEO of Havas Creative Group to his list of duties in Benett’s absence. Changes are in effect immediately.

“It’s a very exciting time for Havas. We are well on our way to realizing our goal of being the most integrated and innovative communications group of our industry,” Bolloré said. “I would like to thank Andrew for the fantastic job he has done in implementing our ‘Together’ strategy and building the organization to what it is today, as well as the impact he has made throughout Havas over the last 13 years. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Benett started at Havas Worldwide in 2004. He joined as global chief strategy officer for the agency, operating under the name Euro RSCG Worldwide at the time. Throughout his time with the network, Benett also headed up the New York office and ran Arnold. He has held his most recent post since January 2014.

No word on why Benett is leaving the group, or what he plans to do next.

“I’m thankful to Havas and to all the people that I’ve been fortunate enough to work with. I believe the truly integrated model that we have built together is poised for tremendous success,” Benett said in a statement. “Having now implemented a strong leadership team and new regional organizational structure, Havas is ready for a new chapter, and I’m extremely proud of our results. Yannick is a great leader, and I’m confident that he will continue to break new ground in leading the group.”

In recent months, Havas New York introduced a new “Most Interesting Man in the World” for beer brand Dos Equis and hired two new executive creative directors for the New York office as well.

@ktjrichards katie.richards@adweek.com Katie Richards is a staff writer for Adweek.