Havas Media North America Names Debi Kleiman to Role of Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Boston Office
President MITX joins Havas Media Boston
BOSTON, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Havas Media North America today announces the appointment of Debi Kleiman to the role of Executive Vice President, Managing Director, to lead Havas Media’s Boston office. In this role, Debi will oversee client and partner relationships with a focus on growing the agency and serve as Havas Media’s lead to the Boston advertising and technology community. The Havas Media Boston office employs 155 media professionals servicing clients including – Fidelity Investments, Choice Hotels, Acushnet, McDonald’s, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, AutoZone, Goodyear/Dunlop, and Tyson, among others. Debi will report to Lori Hiltz, Havas Media North America’s CEO.
Debi joins Havas Media from the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX), where she served as President for the last three years, managing the 7,500-member marketing and tech industry association, all operational aspects, and that organization’s Board of the Directors. Immediately following the transition, she will be named to the MITX Board. Prior to MITX, Debi was the Vice President, Product Marketing & Sales Operations, Company Officer, of Communispace, a division of Omnicom DAS. She is highly respected in the Boston community as an innovator and leader, known for her successful execution of thought leadership events, awards programs and start-up community involvement. She has brought MITX to the national stage with FutureM, MITX’s signature annual conference focused on the Future of Marketing. A Harvard Business School graduate, she has been named to the VentureFizz’s 25 Most Influential Women in the Boston Tech and Innovation Community, and is regularly quoted in respected local and national publications.
“The media industry is one of the most exciting areas in tech today; there is enormous change and huge opportunity. I am thrilled to lead this amazingly talented group of professionals along with our incredible clients to even more success,” said Debi Kleiman.
“The Boston office is the cornerstone of Havas Media North America’s digital background; therefore we sought a Managing Director who matched the fast-paced, innovative culture of our office. We’ve seen a great period of growth over the last year, with continued client satisfaction and exciting new business. Debi’s experience will invigorate our Boston office and we’re confident that will translate to great business success for the agency as a whole. We are particularly excited to have Debi on board ahead of our impending move with Arnold Worldwide to a fantastic, state of the art Boston headquarters in the Burnham Building this fall. All these changes and more will ensure that Havas Media Boston is established for an innovative, successful 2014 – and beyond.” Said Lori Hiltz, CEO Havas Media North America.
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