Red Havas names London MD and rebrands Manchester arm

Red Havas has made two senior UK promotions and rebranded its Manchester operation as Red Havas North.

New roles (L-R): Richard Clarke and Nuala O’Neill

Richard Clarke, previously executive director, London, is now managing director of Red Havas London. Nuala O’Neill, previously client services director, has been promoted to deputy managing director of Red Havas North.

Clarke's new role will primarily involve day-to-day responsibility for running the London office and focusing on growth targets. Reporting to UK chief executive Rachael Sansom, he will continue to work with major clients including American Express and Jaguar Land Rover.

O’Neill will also continue to work with key clients including TalkTalk and Pringles, and alongside Red Havas North managing director Nigel Hughes in the northern business.

The appointments follow revenue growth of more than 25 per cent in the UK this year, with “record-breaking” growth of about 30 per cent in Manchester (revenue figures have not been disclosed).

Sansom said: “The senior promotions we have made are in recognition of the key role that both Richard and Nuala have played in growing the Red Havas brand in the UK since our inception three years ago. We continue to see fast growth across the UK and have fostered a client list second to none. Richard and Nuala are an important part of our future.”

The agency said the rebranding of the Manchester operation as Red Havas North “recognises the expertise, talent and growth opportunities across the north of the country”.

Hughes said: “It is not just Manchester that is a driving force for best-in-class comms consultancy outside of London. There are other key areas in the north, such as York and Leeds, which are attracting businesses and as such driving interest beyond the M25 and Manchester. The rebrand reflects our excitement to be part of this northern resurgence.”

Red Havas UK launched in 2019 with the merger of Havas PR in the UK with counterparts in the US and Australia's Red Agency. Former Red Consultancy MD Sansom was named managing director, later moving to chief executive. UK headcount is currently about 50.

The Red Havas Group has more than 20 offices in 14 markets globally.

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