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Rana Barua, Group CEO of Havas India, broadens his leadership responsibilities to encompass Southeast and North Asia

Havas has revealed the promotions of two key executives, including Rana Barua, the Group CEO of Havas India, who will now broaden his responsibilities to cover South East and North Asia.

With an extensive career spanning nearly three decades, Barua has dedicated the last five years to overseeing Havas’ operations in India, which includes managing over 2,000 individuals across Havas Creative Network and Havas Media Network. The expansion of Barua’s role now places him as the Group CEO for India, South East, and North Asia, bringing nine additional markets under his leadership.

Speaking about the recent development, Barua said, “I am extremely excited and thankful to the global leadership team for entrusting me with this additional responsibility. These nine distinct markets in South East & North Asia, provide multiple and diverse occasions for collaboration for both our global and local clients. I look forward to working closely with the regional teams and each country’s leadership to create more meaningful engagements and opportunities for our talent and clients.”

It was additionally announced that Alberto Canteli will continue as Chairman and CEO Havas Nordics, Benelux, Central & Eastern Europe, and Middle East, while taking on new responsibilities driving special projects in coordination with Donna Murphy, Global CEO, Havas Creative Network and Havas Health & You.

Alberto Canteli, Chairman and CEO Havas Nordics, Benelux, Central & Eastern Europe, and Middle East

This new area of focus will include identifying growth levers and developing actionable strategies at the global level, including new client opportunities, services, expansion, and cross-selling. A long-time veteran of Havas, Canteli has been serving as a key pillar in the international expansion of Havas for more than twenty years.

Yannick Bolloré, Chairman and Global CEO, Havas

“During moments like these of continued disruption and transformation, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to combine my regional responsibilities in Europe and the Middle East with a new role that will facilitate a closer collaboration with our global leadership team, AI, Web 3.0 and Blockchain among other advancements, will have a strong impact on our industry and it will be a privilege to contribute to the transformation and turnaround of our business moving forward.” said Canteli.

Yannick Bolloré, Chairman and Global CEO, Havas added “I would like to warmly congratulate Alberto and Rana on their new, expanded roles. Their proven leadership skills, vast expertise and innovative thinking will create new synergies and accelerate growth, allowing our teams to further build on Havas’ integrated approach and offer our clients the best possible outcomes.”


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