As Global Chief Operating Officer of Havas Worldwide, previously Euro RSCG Worldwide, Chris Pinnington manages the business and operations side of Havas Creative’s global network alongside Global CEO David Jones. He has spent the last 29 years of his career with Havas in a wide variety of roles. Chris launched his career with Havas in 1982 at WCRS London, where he ran many of the agency’s key accounts. WCRS quickly proved to be one of the most accomplished startups of the 1980s. Chris soon headed to Sydney to run the company’s operations in Australia, where he emulated some of London’s success. He completely rebuilt the agency, leading to an impressive new-business streak in which the agency landed nine new clients from 11 consecutive pitches.
Chris returned to London to run FCO in 1990, which then merged with Euro RSCG London. In 1993, along with Mark Wnek and Brett Gosper, launched Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper. Again, the agency was a huge success–doubling in size, quadrupling in profit, winning Campaign ’s growth league table, and twice being named a contender for “Agency of the Year.”
Next, as Director of the UK Group for Euro RSCG Worldwide, Chris launched the “Power of One” initiative, which united the UK under one P&L, with increased sharing of assets among individual agencies.
Chris was educated by the Jesuits at Stonyhurst College prior to receiving an honors degree in Psychology from Bristol University. For a short while, he was a psychologist in the Royal Air Force, before moving to the real-life insanity of advertising.