Dan Johns has joined Havas Media Group in the newly created role of managing partner, effective immediately.
He will report to Virginia Hyland, CEO of Havas Media Group, and will help further drive the digital and data capabilities of the business.
(L-R) Dan Johns, Virginia Hyland and Mike Wilson
Johns’s 27-year career as a senior executive includes roles as COO at IPG Mediabrands Australia and CEO of Media Agency Ikon. Most recently, Johns founded an independent consultancy, Ippon, which has provided strategic and operational advice to a variety of blue chip marketing businesses including advertisers, agencies and media owners.
His long track record of proven success includes leading the development and growth of many specialist digital and data businesses including audience buying, digital experience and social marketing agencies.
During his 10-year tenure at Ikon, Johns oversaw the rapid growth and expansion of the business into a highly competitive national network; winning media agency of the year six years in a row and becoming the first media agency in the world to achieve an A+ rating by RECMA four years in a row.
Hyland commented: “Dan is one of the most respected senior media operators within our industry. He brings enormous digital, data and technology capabilities to marketers who continue to focus on driving growth for their brands. We are incredibly excited and proud to have someone of Dan’s calibre join our rapidly growing group as we continue to innovate and evolve. Dan’s wealth of experience will undoubtedly benefit our team and our clients, helping to elevate our thinking and capability in the ever changing dynamic media landscape.”
Johns said: “The last three years working as an independent consultant to some of Australia’s most successful brands has been both a liberating and eye opening experience. I am really looking forward to putting into practice all that I have learnt to help Havas Media Group fast track its ambitions.”