Havas UK and Ireland CEO Paul Frampton is set to leave the holding group before the end of the year, after more than two decades at the company.
Frampton is the latest in a string of senior departures that illustrate the precarious position of a business restructuring itself for the modern media market.
Besides Frampton, who was promoted last year to oversee all of Havas Media Group’s agencies in the U.K. and Ireland, other exits in the past year include Andrew Benett, global CEO of Havas Creative Group and Havas Worldwide; Pedro Avery, CEO for Havas Sports & Entertainment; group CFO Darren Poynton; chief talent officer Darren Minshall; and Fullsix’s COO John McLoughlin, among others.
The holding group, like its peers, is creating a leaner organization that brings together its creative and media agencies under one profit and loss statement on a regional basis.
Three recent departures, who spoke to Digiday under the condition of anonymity, said their exits were at least partially motivated by what they saw as a business becoming bereft of autonomy.
Havas’ Paris-based executives are now more involved in running its regions, said one former Havas executive, who left last year, but not before their responsibility for the media-buying team of the agency they managed was taken away.