Havas Media Network appoints Michael Kay as client experience officer

Michael Kay

“It’s a great time to be joining Havas Media Network with the recent global brand refresh.”

Havas Media Network has appointed Michael Kay to the position of client experience officer, a newly created senior role within the company.

Kay has been in the industry for over two decades, and has worked across prestigious brands including Coca-Cola, Apple, Amazon, LEGO, Johnson & Johnson, Spotify and Sony Pictures.

In his last role, Kay was the business director at OMD, where he onboarded the NSW Government account win. He was previously head of client and business development at Initiative, and managing director of IPG’s Rufus where he helped launch Amazon into the Australian market and oversaw its rapid growth across Retail, Prime membership, Smart Devices and Entertainment.

In his new role at Havas Media Network he will focus on unlocking greater business growth strategies for CMO’s and senior business leaders.

Virginia Hyland

Virginia Hyland

Virginia Hyland, CEO of Havas Media Network said, “I am enormously excited to have Michael join our team. Michael is a highly respected industry leader with a proven track recorded in unlocking audience insight and cultural moments that deliver greater growth for marketers brands and businesses. He has the unique ability to balance strategic high level thinking with grounded day to day deliverables.

“In addition, Michael has won multiple awards in the most impressive and competitive environments such as Cannes Lions.

“Michael will also bring greater support in how we integrate the uniqueness of the Havas Village teams and ensure we work closer than ever. I look forward to watching Michael get to work and grow our client’s businesses and the agency opportunity.”

Kay said, “I’ve known Virginia for a while and always admired her accomplishments in our industry. So when she approached me about this role I jumped at the opportunity.

“Virginia has been assembling an impressive team and has reorganised the agency around an integrated set of capabilities that truly enables us to operate across the end-to-end customer journey. It’s a great time to be joining Havas Media Network with the recent global brand refresh, and you can feel the energy of building an agency for the future,” Michael said.

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