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Are things less dysfunctional at Havas now that JP’s gone, or was he a symptom, not the cause? How’s the strategy dept there?

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I hear he was the cause. Heard good things from a couple people I know there. They said while a lot of people might be leaving now that’s kind of left over from his days. They’ve also said good things about new creative leadership, project management and the production department. Not sure about strategy. I’m keeping an eye on them, as well as this post to see what people at Havas say.

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Some of the talent in the production department is definitely exceptional.

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What is old JP doing these days -- other than really clever, succinct captions on black and white photos?

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I thought I heard he started his own agency with like-minded bros.

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Looks like their new CGO is out, so not sure what the growth trajectory will look like there for 2020...

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Was hoping Norman would clean house a bit and recruit differently. We’ll see.

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Stay clear for about another 2 years. No ideal clients that you’d want on your book. Cracker Barrel? Really.... have more respect for your career before going here.

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Yes, but, um... a bit of a difference in talent level/ability between Havas Chicago and W+K. Lol

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Client roster is not the best with one or two exceptions. Once they round out the roster with some wins under Norman, only place to go is up. Rooting for them as the potential is there, but I wouldn’t recommend at the moment. They could do well to clean house with some legacy roles as well. Have not heard the best things about strategy.

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This is a super accurate measure of how things are currently. There have been big strides in the past few months but this stuff takes time to fully turn around.

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