As CEO of Havas New York, the North American flagship creative agency of Havas Group and part of the world’s largest entertainment company, Vivendi, Laura is responsible for driving a culture of creativity and innovation and creating deeper meaning for some of the most recognized companies in the world. Since taking the helm in NY in early 2016, Laura has been a catalyst for growth, steering an enterprise-wide turnaround and transformation of Havas that earned the agency AdExchanger’s Best Collaborative Agency Team 2020, Ad Age 2019 Best Places to Work, Digiday’s Most Innovative Culture and on the shortlist for Campaign’s US Agency Network of the Year 2019. Laura’s 25-year career spans independent digital pure-players and large integrated ad agencies across several major holding companies (Publicis, WPP, IPG and now Havas) in Chicago, San Francisco and now NY. A proud alum of Loyola University Chicago (where she delivered the 2020 Commencement Address), Laura was recently named a Working Mother of the Year by SheRunsIt, Campaign US Female Frontier honoree for Championing Change and Creativepool’s Top 100 Influencer of the Year in the Annual 2020 awards.
In addition to raising consciousness and using business as a force for good as a certified B Corp, Laura ignites meaningful change as a Board Member of the 4A’s, ACT Responsible, GNB, Loyola and Alembic. She’s an investor and Village Global advisor to early stage VC-backed companies, a founding member of Kindred, Chief, Casa Cipriani, Spring Place NY and Soho House Chicago, an executive mentor of SheRunsIt and Adweek, and one of the first agency leaders to take 3% Conference's Pledge for Pay Equity. She's also an original signer and Steering Committee member of TIME’S UP™/ADVERTISING, and a recognized industry voice speaking at CES, Digiday, S.H.E Summit, USACE Women in Business, Adweek’s #Brandweek, Ad Age’s Remotely Live, Allyship & Action and more.
In her time away from the office, Laura resides in the north end of TriBeCa with her husband and son and enjoys SoulCycling, pilates, #5amclub river walks, pop-up shops and bold California reds.
Dan joined Havas New York as the CCO in December 2020. He was previously the Executive Creative Director and equity partner at JOAN, where he managed the creative output for Georgia Pacific, Virgin Hotels, General Mills’ Fiber One, Facebook, Walmart, Graduate Hotels, SafeAuto, Hive, Burst and Potential Energy.
Dan believes that the most dangerous thing a brand can do is be boring. Boring gets ignored, boring gets skipped, boring wastes media dollars. The best work connects with an audience in a meaningful way, playing off a cultural truth or tension. The best work reaches an audience through earned media, not just paid.
He formed this point of view from over 20 years of experience at some of the world’s most prestigious agencies. His work has earned multiple gold awards at Cannes, The One Show, D&AD, The ANDY’s, Clios, Art Directors Club, and the Effies. He is also proud that his most recent campaign for General MIlls recorded the greatest turnaround in the brand’s history.
His recent efforts lead JOAN to a 2020 Small Agency of the Year accolade from AdAge, thanks to the agency’s “head turning creative.” He was recently included in Business Insider’s Most Creative People in Advertising Right Now, AdAge’s 40 under 40, and ADWEEK’s Creative 100. His Tide To Go Super Bowl commercial has been named one of the 10 best, on multiple polls.
Before JOAN, Dan joined BBDO New York, and teamed up with Chris Beresford-Hill, as an Executive Creative Director, leading a group that managed all Foot Locker brands, Guinness, Bud Light and priceline.com, helping the flagship office earn multiple AdAge A-List and Creativity A-List appearances, year after year.
Prior to BBDO, Dan lead the Comcast and Google accounts at Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Before that he was at Saatchi & Saatchi New York, where he created some of the agency’s most high-profile, award winning work, for Tide (Talking Stain), Crest (You Can Say Anything With a Smile), and Fruit by the Foot (Replacements). Dan started his career at Mad Dogs & Englishmen, in NY.
When he is not working, he can be found at home spending time with his wife and two children.
Insightful, energetic, positive, and passionate about business are some ways to describe Vanessa. She has an entrepreneurial spirit with a deep understanding of how to navigate through evolving businesses and organizational challenges. She’s worked at top companies when they were on the brink of change—and helped significantly contribute to their future direction. Vanessa has led many blue chip clients that are game-changers in their categories.
During her career, she has worked at creative shops such as Fallon, BBDO, Publicis, and now Havas, helping build iconic brands such as BMW, Nikon, PepsiCo, P&G, United Airlines, and Citi.
Currently at Havas, Vanessa spearheads fintech and financial services businesses, for which her experience with and passion for building client relationships and future-proofed strategies are unmatched.
Tim Maleeny is Chief Strategy Officer, North America, tasked with contributing to Havas’ growth platform strategy, expanding the agency’s strategic capabilities, and personally advising top-tier North American clients as part of the agency’s ongoing mission to be the most meaningful partner to the modern CMO.
In addition to his role as Chief Strategy Officer, North America, Tim also serves as President of Havas New York, helping the flagship agency continue to break tradition under the leadership of New York’s CEO, Laura Maness.
Tim returns to Havas from R/GA, where he was Executive Director of Brand & Marketing Strategy. Prior to that he led the NY office of Heat+Deloitte Digital, as CSO and General Manager. A former head of planning for Ogilvy, Tim brings almost two decades of experience in strategy, consulting and campaign development for clients across virtually every product category.
A bestselling author of four award-winning novels, Tim is known for his narrative approach to building integrated campaigns. He has degrees from Dartmouth College and Columbia University, where he’s also served as an adjunct professor of marketing.
This is his second tour of duty at Havas, where he was previously CSO and co-managing partner of the New York Office. Tim lives in Tribeca with his family.
As Chief Talent officer of Havas New York, Shannon Novak works directly with the Creative leadership team under CEO Laura Maness to drive the agency’s culture while shaping the Talent Acquisition, Talent Management and Learning and Development functions of the agency’s flagship office. In partnership with the global talent team, Shannon is also charged with creating a seamless employee experience across the integrated Havas New York Village, with the goal of scaling programs, communications and policies to drive business growth and overall collaboration.
Morgan has been working in integrated advertising communications for 20+ years in both Western Europe and North America.
Morgan began his career at D’Arcy New York working on P&G brands such as Ivory Snow and the launch of Swiffer. He then moved to Y&R to work on the pilot “Integrated Solution” for Sony Electronics that successfully created a new agency structure and re-launched the Sony Walkman, MiniDisc and Handycam brands in North America.
His career then took him to London for 6 fantastic years where he had the opportunity to “Go Digital.” Working at Agency.com running British Airways and then later joining the management team that launched the highly successful London office of Fullsix interactive.
Back in NY again, Morgan joined BBDO Worldwide where led the Gillette, Lowe’s, CVS, and Campbell’s Soup businesses.
Frank is the COO & CFO for the Havas North American Creative businesses where has responsibility for the financial management of the region as well as the Havas NY agency. In this role, he supports and advises agency leadership, manages NA investments and oversees M&A activities, including integrating acquisitions. A client focused CFO, Frank works closely with the agencies on client strategy and satisfaction as well as managing the overall financial relationships, He also is the CFO supporting two of Havas’s largest global accounts.
Frank joined the former Euro RSCG as CFO of Euro RSCG 4D in 1999 and was promoted to CFO of Euro RSCG Worldwide in 2007. He took on the role of COO/CFO for North America in the renamed Havas Worldwide in 2013. Prior to Havas, Frank worked at the professional accounting services firm of Grant Thornton. Frank received a Bachelor of Science from the School of Professional Accountancy at C.W. Post in New York.
Born and raised in Long Island, Frank lives there with his wife and three children. In his spare time he enjoys playing ice hockey, soccer and boating.