CEO, North American Operations
Marian Salzman has created one of the most buzzed-about boutique agencies in North America, especially in the areas of cause, social media and media relations. Before leading @havasprus, Salzman was CMO at Porter Novelli and JWT Worldwide, CSO at Euro RSCG Worldwide, worldwide director of TBWA’s Department of the Future, and director of consumer insights and emerging media at Chiat\Day, where she co-founded the world’s first online market research company with Jay Chiat. She sits on the boards of the Council of Public Relations Firms and Venture for America, and she advises the Berlin School of Creative Leadership’s M.B.A. program. Salzman is the author or co-author of 14 books and has been named one of the world’s top five trendspotters (she launched the word metrosexual into pop culture in 2003). Salzman graduated from Brown with top honors.
Executive Vice President, Corporate
Ravi Sunnak has 10 years of experience in corporate communications specializing in developing and implementing comprehensive communications programs for individuals, companies, and organizations looking to raise their profile across the stakeholder and media community. He has advised everything from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies to tech startups on profiling and positioning; worked in a variety of sectors including financial, professional services, education, leisure, retail, sustainability and technology, to name a few; and worked over a geographically wide range, from the United States and United Kingdom to Singapore, China and India, among others. Before joining @havasprus, Sunnak set up Grayling’s new corporate communications practice in New York City after almost
five years in its London office. He graduated in law from University College London.
Executive Vice President North America
Renee Harper has worked extensively on five continents successfully developing and executing global marketing, communications and public affairs campaigns in the corporate, entrepreneurial, nonprofit, foundation and government sectors. Client brands that she has worked with include BMW, Braun, Disney, Kohler, Red Bull, Starbucks, the United Nations, U.S. Central Command and more. Her professional background includes the Morgan Stanley Office of Development (HR and Communications), Nike Inc. sports marketing for the NBA, Pearson Media (U.K.) and the Columbia Journalism Review magazine at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Renee holds an undergraduate degree in theology from Georgetown University and is a candidate for a master’s in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Senior Vice President and Director of Strategy
Karina Meckel helps enhance strategic processes agencywide. She co-leads The Sisterhood initiative, acts as a media spokesperson for Havas PR North America with Marian Salzman, and leads the account teams for Chiquita and Coty. One of the fastest-rising strategic planners in our company’s history, Karina joined as a junior planner in 2004, then quickly rose to lead planner on the Nestlé Frozen Foods business and planner on the Charles Schwab business; she also worked on the Reckitt Benckiser account. Karina is a graduate of Brown University.