Havas Worldwide global co-president and UK Group chairman, Kate Robertson is set to leave the company after over a decade.
Robertson is expected to leave to dedicate her time to running the annual international summit, One Young World, that she co-founded in 2010.
She became chairman of Havas Group in 2006, and was promoted to her global role in September 2013, while retaining control of the UK business.
Havas Creative Group Global chief executive Andrew Benett said: “Kate has an energy and enthusiasm for her work that is unparalleled. She has contributed considerable value to Havas over the past 12 years, and we greatly appreciate her efforts. Kate is leaving the company in the hands of a very talented team of executives, and I’m thrilled she will continue in a consulting role. I have no doubt One Young World and all the young people associated with it will benefit greatly from Kate’s additional time and attention.”
Kate Robertson told The Drum that she made the decision in February after falling ill after managing her roles with the organisation of One Young World, which she felt was unsustainable.
In a statement she said: “I’ve had a great time at Havas with brilliant clients and wonderful employees, but after many years in the industry I want to devote more time and energy to finding young leaders all over the world and giving them a platform to inspire and speed them to deliver positive change. One Young World has become an overwhelming passion and one that needs an enormous amount of attention, especially with 2015 being the first time that the Summit will be held in Asia. Working in the advertising and marketing communications industry has been an enormous privilege, and I am deeply grateful to all my industry friends and acquaintances for both their past and ongoing support for One Young World.
Bennett will take on the leadership of the UK Group ahead of the arrival of Chris Hirst, chief executive of Havas Worldwide Europe in September. Robertson will continue to work as a consultant to the company until next year however.