Australia – Public relations agency Red Havas in Australia has just announced the leadership appointment of Haylie Marchant as its new executive director for the Brisbane office. 

Red Havas is part of the Havas PR Global Collective, a team of 1,300 consultants across 40 offices, including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and London, as well as New York, and Singapore. 

Marchant brings with her 15 years of experience in building and running agencies across Australia and the United States. Prior to joining Red Havas, she has previously worked as the principal at M2 Communications, where she provided PR and communications services and strategic consulting to clients in the technology, healthcare, and transport, as well as consulting industries. In addition, Marchant has spent 10 years at Haystac, where she established and grew the Brisbane office before taking on the role of national head of strategy in 2018.

As Red Havas’ new executive director for Brisbane, Marchant will be responsible for driving growth in the Brisbane market. She will also be joining the agency’s national senior management team.

Commenting on her new role, Marchant said that she is looking forward to working closely with the entire agency to build on its impressive foundations and further grow Red Havas Brisbane.

“I knew from the very first meeting that I wanted to join Red Havas. There was a complete alignment of values and business philosophies, underpinned by a genuine commitment to driving a people-led culture, which has never been more important than in today’s landscape,” said Marchant.

Meanwhile, Steve Fontanot, Red Havas and Havas Blvd’s managing director, commented that after an extensive search, they are excited to welcome Marchant to the leadership team. 

“When meeting Haylie, it was easy to see that we have a shared belief in a people-led culture, along with a strong point of view on the future of our industry. Her wealth of experience will deliver significant benefits to our clients in Queensland, as well as on a national level, through her contributions to the senior leadership team,” said Fontanot.