Havas Execs Step Aside as Internal #MeToo Investigation Begins

Julien Carette and Christophe Coffre will not lead the Paris-based agency while allegations are looked into

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Vivendi-owned advertising network Havas has begun an investigation into allegations made against members of its leadership in Paris leading to two executives stepping aside.

Julien Carette and Christophe Coffre, CEO and creative director, respectively, have both stepped down while the investigation is conducted following the anonymous accusations made on the Instagram account Balance Ton Agency (Balance Your Agency).

The account, which states that it “reports abuse in advertising”, currently has 338,000 followers and has highlighted the actions of two individuals from Havas—cited as “JC” and “CC”—with testimonies published about their behavior.

The page was started by Anne Boistard in September 2020 as a response to her own professional burnout as well as the #metoo movement and growing accusations across the advertising sector of inappropriate conduct.

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