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Time to Xplore Havas

Time to Xplore Havas

Natasha Smith

Natasha Smith

May 30, 2018

Five participants from across Asia and Latin America prepare to travel to a new city, immerse themselves in a new culture, and experience a new Havas agency.

"Havas’ goal is to give as many people as possible a global mobility opportunity."

Traveling can lead to many things: It opens eyes and provides new perspectives. It helps create meaningful relationships. It often challenges you. It helps develop skills that, perhaps, you didn’t know that you had. Travel can provide a sense of accomplishment. Without question, traveling has real, tangible benefits.  

Havas recognizes the benefits of exploring different environments, including day-to-day work environments. 2018 marks the launch of Xplore Havas, a one-week immersion program that gives five employees from APAC and LATAM the opportunity to travel, work, and learn at one of Havas’ flagship Villages in London, New York, or Paris.

An extension of Havas Lofts, Xplore is an unique opportunity for each person to learn different ways to work and solve problems—and it’s an excellent way to get to know teammates in another city. So starting on June 18, Xplore will host participants from Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Peru, and Vietnam in the London, New York, and Paris Villages where they are paired with partners and host teams.

Havas’ goal is to give as many people as possible a global mobility opportunity—and Xplore accomplishes this by taking employees from Havas offices who are less likely to be involved in the Lofts Program due to headcount and immigration restrictions.

The Xplore participants’ excitement is palpable. Read on as each member of this inaugural team answers a few questions that reveal what they hope to learn, gain, and bring back to their home agencies.

"I’m learning about their best and common practices, their current ways of working and structure—using whatever internal and external resources that I can."

So tell us your Havas story.

Well, about four years ago, I was traveling from Bogotá, Colombia to Guayaquil, a port city in Ecuador. That’s a nearly 950-mile (more than 1500-kilometer) trek back and forth. I was responsible for the digital planning teams in both countries.

I’ve always enjoyed what I do, but I really wanted a new challenge in my professional career. So I talked to my boss at Havas and let him know how I was feeling. He asked me what, exactly, I was looking for. So I said that it would have to be a mix of digital, data, client interaction, traveling, disruption, and promotion of sustainability—a month later, he offered me the position of Programmatic Director, a new role in the company locally. I’ll always be grateful to him for that opportunity.

Monica Daza
Programmatic Media Director, Head of Affiperf (Bogotá)
Host Agency: Havas Media UK/Affiperf UK
Partners: Jess Reid (Planning Director) and Julius Carboni (Trading Director)

 

How are you preparing for your time at your host agency?

I’m learning everything about my host agency, Havas London. I’m learning about their best and common practices, their current ways of working and structure—using whatever internal and external resources that I can. I’ve contacted my host agency and connected with them often in advance of my arrival in London. To say the least, I’m excited!

Vira Aubrina, Business Director @ Arena Media (Jakarta)
Host Agency: Havas Media UK/Arena Media UK
Partner: Abi Ward (Managing Partner)


What are you looking forward to learning at your host agency?

I’m looking forward to learning more about commercial skills, new techniques that promote and manage innovation, integration between online and offline media, and the ongoing development of the Village model, which creates added value through strategic solutions that integrate our offers and services.

Carmen Rojas, Managing Director @ Forward Media (Peru)
Host Agency: Havas Media New York
Partner: Michelle Perelman (VP Performance Media, Ecselis, North America)


I have high expectations to see how the host agency is organized to deliver a Village service with all the integrated specialties and all the talents. I would like to learn about how my host agency addresses every intricate process of the Village—briefs, internal meetings, work methodologies, and how all the people involved are connected.

Daniela López, Account Director @ Havas Chile
Host Agency: Havas New York
Partner: Jizelle Andrews (Senior Account Director)

"Also I’d like to connect on the importance of being open-minded, flexible, and adaptable."

What do you hope to share with your host team?

The Havas Champagne office in Cambodia is a small Village where creative, media, activation, video production, digital, and social business units work together. We have many accounts, such as Prudential, BRED Bank, Nestlé, Heineken, and Total to name a few, and most of them have enjoyed integrated offers and services. So what I can share with the team is how we manage the collaboration of all the departments effectively to bring this integrated offering to our clients. Also I’d like to connect on the importance of being open-minded, flexible, and adaptable—respecting different cultures, including that of my hosting country.

Dannith Oung, Managing Director @ Havas Champagne (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Host Agency: BETC Paris
Partner: Clément Boisseau

 

What do you think will be the biggest culture shock as you settle into your new surroundings?

Cultural diversity isn’t something new to me. I earned my MBA in Sydney, Australia. This will be different because I will be working on a job, rather than visiting as a student. It also takes a while to get used to the cars driving on the opposite side of the road, the Underground, notes, coins—and the prices in London. I’m sure I will be walking through London streets using Google Maps on my mobile phone. But no matter the cultural differences, I respect everyone.

Monica Daza
Programmatic Media Director, Head of Affiperf (Bogotá)
Host Agency: Havas Media UK/Affiperf UK
Partners: Jess Reid (Planning Director) and Julius Carboni (Trading Director)

 

 

"Havas’ goal is to give as many people as possible a global mobility opportunity."

Traveling can lead to many things: It opens eyes and provides new perspectives. It helps create meaningful relationships. It often challenges you. It helps develop skills that, perhaps, you didn’t know that you had. Travel can provide a sense of accomplishment. Without question, traveling has real, tangible benefits.  

Havas recognizes the benefits of exploring different environments, including day-to-day work environments. 2018 marks the launch of Xplore Havas, a one-week immersion program that gives five employees from APAC and LATAM the opportunity to travel, work, and learn at one of Havas’ flagship Villages in London, New York, or Paris.

An extension of Havas Lofts, Xplore is an unique opportunity for each person to learn different ways to work and solve problems—and it’s an excellent way to get to know teammates in another city. So starting on June 18, Xplore will host participants from Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Peru, and Vietnam in the London, New York, and Paris Villages where they are paired with partners and host teams.

Havas’ goal is to give as many people as possible a global mobility opportunity—and Xplore accomplishes this by taking employees from Havas offices who are less likely to be involved in the Lofts Program due to headcount and immigration restrictions.

The Xplore participants’ excitement is palpable. Read on as each member of this inaugural team answers a few questions that reveal what they hope to learn, gain, and bring back to their home agencies.

"I’m learning about their best and common practices, their current ways of working and structure—using whatever internal and external resources that I can."

So tell us your Havas story.

Well, about four years ago, I was traveling from Bogotá, Colombia to Guayaquil, a port city in Ecuador. That’s a nearly 950-mile (more than 1500-kilometer) trek back and forth. I was responsible for the digital planning teams in both countries.

I’ve always enjoyed what I do, but I really wanted a new challenge in my professional career. So I talked to my boss at Havas and let him know how I was feeling. He asked me what, exactly, I was looking for. So I said that it would have to be a mix of digital, data, client interaction, traveling, disruption, and promotion of sustainability—a month later, he offered me the position of Programmatic Director, a new role in the company locally. I’ll always be grateful to him for that opportunity.

Monica Daza
Programmatic Media Director, Head of Affiperf (Bogotá)
Host Agency: Havas Media UK/Affiperf UK
Partners: Jess Reid (Planning Director) and Julius Carboni (Trading Director)

 

How are you preparing for your time at your host agency?

I’m learning everything about my host agency, Havas London. I’m learning about their best and common practices, their current ways of working and structure—using whatever internal and external resources that I can. I’ve contacted my host agency and connected with them often in advance of my arrival in London. To say the least, I’m excited!

Vira Aubrina, Business Director @ Arena Media (Jakarta)
Host Agency: Havas Media UK/Arena Media UK
Partner: Abi Ward (Managing Partner)


What are you looking forward to learning at your host agency?

I’m looking forward to learning more about commercial skills, new techniques that promote and manage innovation, integration between online and offline media, and the ongoing development of the Village model, which creates added value through strategic solutions that integrate our offers and services.

Carmen Rojas, Managing Director @ Forward Media (Peru)
Host Agency: Havas Media New York
Partner: Michelle Perelman (VP Performance Media, Ecselis, North America)


I have high expectations to see how the host agency is organized to deliver a Village service with all the integrated specialties and all the talents. I would like to learn about how my host agency addresses every intricate process of the Village—briefs, internal meetings, work methodologies, and how all the people involved are connected.

Daniela López, Account Director @ Havas Chile
Host Agency: Havas New York
Partner: Jizelle Andrews (Senior Account Director)

"Also I’d like to connect on the importance of being open-minded, flexible, and adaptable."

What do you hope to share with your host team?

The Havas Champagne office in Cambodia is a small Village where creative, media, activation, video production, digital, and social business units work together. We have many accounts, such as Prudential, BRED Bank, Nestlé, Heineken, and Total to name a few, and most of them have enjoyed integrated offers and services. So what I can share with the team is how we manage the collaboration of all the departments effectively to bring this integrated offering to our clients. Also I’d like to connect on the importance of being open-minded, flexible, and adaptable—respecting different cultures, including that of my hosting country.

Dannith Oung, Managing Director @ Havas Champagne (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Host Agency: BETC Paris
Partner: Clément Boisseau

 

What do you think will be the biggest culture shock as you settle into your new surroundings?

Cultural diversity isn’t something new to me. I earned my MBA in Sydney, Australia. This will be different because I will be working on a job, rather than visiting as a student. It also takes a while to get used to the cars driving on the opposite side of the road, the Underground, notes, coins—and the prices in London. I’m sure I will be walking through London streets using Google Maps on my mobile phone. But no matter the cultural differences, I respect everyone.

Monica Daza
Programmatic Media Director, Head of Affiperf (Bogotá)
Host Agency: Havas Media UK/Affiperf UK
Partners: Jess Reid (Planning Director) and Julius Carboni (Trading Director)

 

 

Natasha Smith is the strategic communications manager for Havas Group. She happily represents 404 in the 212.

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