Arnold Starts Layoffs as Part of Havas Plan

BOSTON Arnold has begun layoffs across its three principal U.S. operations.

The cuts will play out over the next week and are expected to encompass about 2-3 percent of the offices’ approximately 850 employees, said Fran Kelly, president of Arnold’s headquarters here.

Arnold is cutting 15 staffers at its 625-person Boston office as well as “a small number” of employees in New York and McLean, Va., Kelly said. Among the cuts: 20-year employee Margie Sullivan, executive vice president and director of creative services, Kelly said. Sullivan could not immediately be reached for comment. Sources said creative services and production were hit especially hard.

No cuts will be made at the agency’s 30-person office in St. Louis.

The layoffs are part of a larger restructuring by Arnold parent Havas. The troubled Paris-based holding company has said it will cut 850 of its 12,000 global employees and sell or close 20 of its companies as part of a broad restructuring plan [Adweek Online, Sept. 18].

The timing of layoffs and decisions on which employees to cut are being left to managers at Havas’ operating units, a holding company representative said.

In addition to Arnold, the main units of Havas are the Euro RSCG Worldwide and MPG agency networks.