Havas PR names creative director

Havas PR has enhanced its senior team with the promotions of Paul Hadfield to creative director and Claire Quansah to operations director.


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Paul Hadfield

Hadfield joined Havas PR, which is part of Havas Group, in 2013 from TUI UK, where he was a senior press officer for its Thomson and First Choice brands.

He will be the driving force behind all creative output for the agency, which includes Asda, DFS and Pets at Home as clients. He will be based in Havas PR’s Manchester office.

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Claire Quansah

Quansah, who has been at the agency for three and a half years, will take the lead on the Havas PR’s day-to-day activities and procedures, with a particular focus on talent and development, working with the agencies and teams in Havas Group’s London Village.

Brian Beech, MD of Havas PR UK, said: “We have ambitious plans for the coming years so the experience of Paul and Claire is a testament to their hard work in helping us achieve these.”

Following a series of recent client wins, the agency has also made a number of appointments.

Four new account executives have joined the agency:

  • Emma Pearson joins the team as senior account executive after spending time at Label PR, Avant PR and working for a year at Branded Lab PR. Her client portfolio will include Pets at Home, Barratt Homes and Sottini.
  • Rachel Toner joins from Trevaskis Communications in Liverpool, where she worked on a range of food and drink and retail clients. At Havas, she will be working with Asda and David Wilson Homes.
  • Helen Butler, a PR and digital comms graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, has been brought in to work on Pets at Home and Asda.
  • Ellie Cunngham-Batt is a new addition to Havas PR’s Edinburgh team, following her time as a press assistant at the Corner Shop PR. Her client portfolio will include DFS and Greggs.

Beech added: “Our new team additions bring a wealth of hunger and drive that will bolster what is already strong and talented team.”

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