Andrew Benett, Arnold Worldwide Global CEO, has been appointed to the new role of Global President at Havas Worldwide, the agency confirmed Tuesday. Benett will assume responsibility for leading the day-to-day management of the global network, previously handled by David Jones, who is also head of the parent company Havas.
Benett will report to Jones, who will remain Global CEO of the Havas Worldwide network.
Succeeding Benett at Arnold is Robert LePlae, previously the shop’s Global President. LePlae will also report to Jones.
Jones stated: “This is an incredibly exciting time for our industry, presenting fantastic opportunities for big talents like Andrew and Robert, who are motivated by change... These senior management moves represent another important step in delivering our strategic plan.”
Benett has been with Havas for nearly a decade. Prior to his role at Arnold Worldwide, he served as Global Chief Strategy Officer for Euro RSCG Worldwide and CEO of Euro RSCG New York.
Prior to joining Arnold LePlae was North American President at McCann Worldgroup. Earlier he spent 11 years at TBWA, including five years as CEO of TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles, before being appointed President of TBWA North America. He also spent two years in Japan as founding CEO of an international joint-venture agency that ran the Nissan business globally.