In the advertising holding company world, which is run exclusively by men, and in the regular world which, some would argue, is still run by men, there is and always has been a fixation with size. And
size in the sense that bigger is always better. That line of thinking runs rampant from the boardroom to the bedroom.
But not everyone thinks bigger is better and while "being huge"
is good if you're in a porn flick, that's not always the case in business. Havas CEO Yannick Bollore has no desire to be the biggest holding company. In fact, he thinks Havas is perfectly sized. He says
, "Havas has the
ideal scale. We are the fittest group in the industry today and our size is the key to our current success."
And on his competitor's fixation with swelling to ever larger girth,
Bollore adds, "It'll just make us slower. I do not want to be the biggest. This obsession is nonsense, and for what?"
What's that saying? "It's not the size that matter. It's how
you use it."
So take that Sorrell and Levy. Bigger is not always better. Especially when you're trying to hook up with...um...a smaller brand.