Laura Maness


Havas New York

Laura is CEO of Havas New York, the NA flagship agency of Havas Group, driving a culture of creativity and innovation, and creating deeper meaning for some of the most recognized companies in the world including TD Ameritrade, ADP, IBM, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Reckitt Benckiser, conEdison and Rite Aid. Prior to Havas New York, Laura served as U.S. Chief Growth Officer for Havas Worldwide North America and Managing Director of Havas Chicago. With over 20 years of strategic marketing and leadership experience ranging from digital pure-play agencies to globally integrated ad networks, Laura spearheaded growth resulting in three consecutive years of more than 35% revenue growth and a >300% increase in profitability all while becoming a first-time mom. Before Havas, Laura was SVP and chief marketing officer of Propane Studio, one of the fastest growing independent digital agencies with offices in San Francisco and NY. Prior to that, Lauraoversaw a period of explosive growth for IPG-owned FCB West across their SF, Seattle and LA offices, and previously held management positions with Chicago-based digital shops including WPP/Wunderman-owned Designkitchen (now Blast Radius), Black Dog Interactive and Publicis-owned Giant Step (now Arc Worldwide). A recognized voice in the industry, Laura ignites meaningful change and advocates for women, diversity & inclusion as a 4A’s Board Member, 3% Conference mentor, Fortune MPW supporter, original signer & Steering Committee member of Time’s Up/Advertising and executive mentor at SheRunsIt. She’s also on the board of Grid News Bureau, a real-time sentiment sharing platform that aggregates emotion around meaningful moments in culture. On a quest to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, Laura‘s also passionate about building community and fueling imaginations as cofounder of Love Bug Café & Play—a “Soho House meets healthy Chuck E. Cheese” that is equally appealing to adults and children alike (@lovebugcafeplay).

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