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Kavanagh lands new Havas Media post

By Jonas Lopez in Marcoms News on
Nick Kavanagh Nick Kavanagh is the Havas Media Group’s new head of integrated strategy and planning. 

The new role will fuse his current duties as head of strategy with developing new long-term objectives. Kavanagh has been in Australia for a year, leaving a communications strategy position at McCann London in the UK. 

“As a leadership team we are committed to building an agency designed wholly around generating growth for our clients. This obviously requires agility and deep understanding of their specific needs and challenges, but also a more integrated approach to how we deploy our collective agency expertise to meet them,” said Kavanagh of his new position.  

“As Head of Integrated Strategy and Planning, Nick will continue to develop Havas Media’s strategic output to deliver joined up thinking across the consumer pathway touchpoints. He will oversee the delivery of that strategic vision in a way that unites all facets of our integrated agency offering; from CRO, shopper marketing, performance digital, brand work and smart content delivery,” added Havas Media CEO Virginia Hylland. 

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