Graham Taylor, is stepping down from his position as CEO of Havas Media and is to retire from the business before the end of the year as Gareth Fitzpatrick leads the agency into 2019.
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Taylor founded GT Media in 1983 before agreeing a deal to align with Havas Media in 2014. Since that time the agency has increased its billing by 300% and is now recognised as the most dynamic challenger agency in the Irish market. In January 2018 Gareth Fitzpatrick was appointed M.D at Havas Media to lead a new management team and take the agency forward into the future.
Gareth joined Havas in April 2016 with extensive knowledge of the Irish advertising landscape having spent the last decade working for both the media owner and agency side of the industry. In his time with Havas, Gareth has helped grow the business, taking the company forward by developing successful award-winning communication strategies, creating impactful data driven content and producing innovative solutions that delivers business results for clients.
–â€œAfter a 40 year career in advertising and media it is time for me to slow down and take some time out. I have seen such a massive change in the media business since we started out all those years ago, some good and some bad but I am immensely proud of what we achieved both from a professional and a personal perspective. I leave with no regrets having built a great business and forging so many lasting relationships and lifelong friendships along the way. I will probably miss it but it is time for me to hand over to a new generation and move on to the next chapter of my lifeâ€
Fitzpatrick commented â€œ I am delighted to be leading Havas Media Ireland into an exciting future. Grahamâ€™s experience, commitment and vision for the agency were the key reasons for my decision to join Havas and over the past two years we have achieved what we set out to do. The new management team will enable us to continue with this success, delivering award winning integrated solutions for our clients and to drive innovation and change in our industry.
Matt Adams, CEO of Havas Media UK & Ireland added : â€œI’d like to thank Graham for everything he’s achieved for Havas in Ireland and wish him every success for the future. Saying goodbye after so many years is always filled with some sadness, but also with pride for what he has achieved. The results of which have been outstanding since Graham and his team launched Havas Media in Ireland with such success.”