Leading Havas New York, the flagship agency of Havas U.S., driving a culture of creativity and innovation, and breaking tradition to create deeper meaning for some of the most recognized companies in the world including TD Ameritrade, ADP, IBM, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Reckitt Benckiser, Edible Arrangements, 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 Worldwide Chicago Group. With over 20 years of strategic marketing and leadership experience ranging from digital pure-play agencies to globally integrated ad networks, Laura spent three years spearheading new business development, organic agency growth and strategic brand building across North America resulting in three consecutive years of more than 35% revenue growth and a >300% increase in profitability, all while becoming a first-time mother.
Ambitious, focused, and optimistic, Laura has an insatiable appetite for winning and as CGO helped augment Havas’ client roster with wins including Sears Holdings’ Craftsman, DieHard, Kenmore and Kmart brands, DISH, AutoZone, RJR, Ragu, Bertolli and Moen.
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, Laura oversaw a period of explosive growth for IPG-owned FCB West across their San Francisco, 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).
As a wholehearted leader and recognized voice in the industry, Laura spearheads industry change as a 4A’s Board Member, advocates for diversity and inclusion, and champions women in leadership as a 3% Conference mentor, Fortune MPW supporter, original signer and Steering Committee member of Time’s Up/Advertising and executive member and mentor for SheRunsIt (formerly AWNY). She also sits on the board of Grid News Bureau, a real-time sentiment sharing platform that aggregates emotion around meaningful moments in culture. Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing from Loyola University Chicago, and attended Hyper Island’s Master Class executive program.
In her time away from the office, Laura lives with her husband and young son in New York’s historic TriBeCa neighborhood and enjoys SoulCycling, pilates, river walks, street art, pop up shops, bold California reds and HeyMama meet-ups. She’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).
Harry (Bee) Bernstein is the Chief Creative Officer of Havas New York, tasked with the mission to make brands more meaningful. With over 17 years in the industry, Harry’s unique blend of traditional and non-traditional experience has enabled him to develop an uncanny ability to understand contemporary culture and technology and align it with brands to create authentic creative campaigns. For the last seven years, Harry has served as founder and Chief Creative Officer of The 88 where he has evolved the agency into a robust digital offering, staying ahead of the curve at any given moment and servicing the needs of globally recognized brands like adidas Originals, L’Oréal, Tailored Brands, MARS, Bacardi and Bloomingdale’s.
Prior to launching The 88, Harry left agency life for Rockstar Games, where he developed promotional campaigns for the world’s leading video games, including Grand Theft Auto 4 Episodes from Liberty City. Before that, he worked at Berlin Cameron on vitaminwater, Coca-Cola, Lincoln, Ford, Belvedere, Boost Mobile, Heineken and Heineken Light. Harry got his start at Ogilvy and Mather New York, where he worked on global brands like IBM, Sprite, Kodak and American Express.
Described by many as someone who never stops, Harry finds numerous ways to spend his time when not in the office, whether hanging with his two young sons Lorenzo and Leo, studying meditation, documenting his favorite people and places with his Leica, or doing what he used to do – hanging out in streets of New York, looking for inspiration and connecting with cultural leaders.
Tim Maleeny is Chief Strategy Officer, North America, tasked with contributing to Havas’ growth platform strategy, expanding the agency’s strategic capabilities, and personally advising top-tier North American clients as part of the agency’s ongoing mission to be the most meaningful partner to the modern CMO.
In addition to his role as Chief Strategy Officer, North America, Tim also serves as President of Havas New York, helping the flagship agency continue to break tradition under the leadership of New York’s CEO, Laura Maness.
Tim returns to Havas from R/GA, where he was Executive Director of Brand & Marketing Strategy. Prior to that he led the NY office of Heat+Deloitte Digital, as CSO and General Manager. A former head of planning for Ogilvy, Tim brings almost two decades of experience in strategy, consulting and campaign development for clients across virtually every product category.
A bestselling author of four award-winning novels, Tim is known for his narrative approach to building integrated campaigns. He has degrees from Dartmouth College and Columbia University, where he’s also served as an adjunct professor of marketing.
This is his second tour of duty at Havas, where he was previously CSO and co-managing partner of the New York Office. Tim lives in Tribeca with his family.
Frank is the COO & CFO for the Havas North American Creative businesses where has responsibility for the financial management of the region as well as the Havas NY agency. In this role, he supports and advises agency leadership, manages NA investments and oversees M&A activities, including integrating acquisitions. A client focused CFO, Frank works closely with the agencies on client strategy and satisfaction as well as managing the overall financial relationships, He also is the CFO supporting two of Havas’s largest global accounts.
Frank joined the former Euro RSCG as CFO of Euro RSCG 4D in 1999 and was promoted to CFO of Euro RSCG Worldwide in 2007. He took on the role of COO/CFO for North America in the renamed Havas Worldwide in 2013. Prior to Havas, Frank worked at the professional accounting services firm of Grant Thornton. Frank received a Bachelor of Science from the School of Professional Accountancy at C.W. Post in New York.
Born and raised in Long Island, Frank lives there with his wife and three children. In his spare time he enjoys playing ice hockey, soccer and boating.
Morgan has been working in integrated advertising communications for 20+ years in both Western Europe and North America.
Morgan began his career at D’Arcy New York working on P&G brands such as Ivory Snow and the launch of Swiffer. He then moved to Y&R to work on the pilot “Integrated Solution” for Sony Electronics that successfully created a new agency structure and re-launched the Sony Walkman, MiniDisc and Handycam brands in North America.
His career then took him to London for 6 fantastic years where he had the opportunity to “Go Digital.” Working at Agency.com running British Airways and then later joining the management team that launched the highly successful London office of Fullsix interactive.
Back in NY again, Morgan joined BBDO Worldwide where led the Gillette, Lowe’s, CVS, and Campbell’s Soup businesses.