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10 questions with... Chris Hirst, CEO of Havas’ global creative network

Chris Hirst, Havas’ global creative network chief answers The Drum’s 10 questions

In an attempt to showcase the personalities of the people behind the media and marketing sector, The Drum speaks to individuals who are bringing something a little different to the industry and talks to them about what insights and life experience they can offer the rest of us. This week's 10 Questions are put to Havas' global creative network chief executive, Christ Hirst.

What was your first ever job?

Filling and packing boxes in a power paint factory.

Which industry buzzword annoys you most?


Who would you most love to have a coffee and a chat with and why?

Niall Ferguson - because the combination of knowledge, intelligence and eloquence is a rare and fabulous thing.

What is the highlight of your career (so far?)

Getting a publishing deal with 'No Bullshit Leadership' which will be published in May 2019 by ProfileBooks.

What piece of tech can you not live without?

A dishwasher.

Who or what did you have posters of on your bedroom wall as a teenager?

Poison and Motley Crüe.

What has surprised you most about advertising in recent years?

Its negativity and defeatism.

What’s your top leadership tip for managers?

Nothing counts unless you’re getting stuff done - and that requires the ability to make fast, effective decisions.

What one question do you never want anyone to ask you?

What are you best at?

Best piece of advice you ever heard or received?

“Choose not to be harmed — and you won't feel harmed. Don't feel harmed — and you haven't been."

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