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Donovan Roche

Donovan Roche

Donovan Roche already used up his 15 minutes of fame appearing on the ‘90s dating TV show “Love Connection” (it was not). A total music hound, he enjoys frequently going to concerts and has, since 2014, established a tradition of attending a new major music festival each year. Coachella, KAABOO, Bottlerock, Outside Lands and Austin City Limits are already checked off his bucket list. On most weekends you can find him blazing the many hiking trails throughout San Diego County – from Torrey Pines in Del Mar to Iron Mountain in Poway.

Donovan has 32 years combined experience in public relations and journalism; the past 22 years at Havas Formula, making him the agency’s longest-tenured employee. As vice president of growth, he is responsible for driving the agency’s business development efforts. Prior to taking on his current role, Donovan served as vice president of strategic services from 2007-2018. In this capacity, he played a pivotal role in the proposal development process, internal/external agency communications, employee education, industry awards, and providing all offices with ongoing senior counsel and writing/editing services (he is recognized as the firm’s in-house AP style guru).

Previous to this, Donovan held various positions on the client side—including serving as the vice president and lead strategist of Havas Formula’s business and technology division—and, before entering the PR field, he spent 10 years as a writer and editor for publications including San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Reader, and SLAMM (a lifestyle and music magazine he co-founded).

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