2014 rank: 45
Marian Salzman doesn’t let adversity stand in her way. After having a brain tumor removed last summer, being out of the office for 10 weeks, and going through some tumultuous times at the firm in terms of new business, the CEO was able to pull everything together and keep Havas on the right track.
All of Salzman’s efforts were recognized in May at the inaugural PRWeek Global Awards in Barcelona, where she was honored with the Global Agency Professional of the Year award.
Since taking the helm at Havas in 2009, she has led the firm through a number of significant changes, including rebranding from Euro RSCG Worldwide PR in 2012. She also played an integral part in creating a Havas PR operation across several continents, called the Global Collective.
In 2013, Havas PR saw revenue gains of about 8%, but even more impressive is the agency’s United Nations Foundation global account win last year worth more than $3 million. When Salzman is not working on accounts or mentoring her team, she is doing pro bono work or speaking at universities.