Chris Hirst
global ceo ex havas and wpp | best-selling & award-winning author: no bullsh*t leadership and no bullsh*t change@ Forbes Agency Council
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Chris Hirst is a highly experienced leader with over 27 years of work experience in global and UK CEO positions. He is known for his innovative and inspirational leadership style, guiding businesses to award-winning creative success and record growth. Chris is the Global CEO of Havas Creative Group Hirst, leading over 10,000 people across all Havas' global territories. He has a proven track record of record of record growth and profits, and has been recognized as the global CEO of Grey. Chris is also a graduate of Brasenose College Oxford and Harvard Business School.
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With more than a decade of experience in Global and UK CEO positions, Hirst is widely recognised as an innovative and inspirational leader with a proven track record of successful business transformation - guiding businesses to award-winning creative success, record growth and lasting repetitional change. He is author of the best-selling and award winning book No Bullsh*t Leadership.Hirst's direct, clear and honest approach to leadership builds cultures which attract and retain the very best talent and that develop enduring, high-trust, relationships with their clients. As Global CEO, Havas Creative Group Hirst led more than 10,000 people across all Havas’ global territories, taking the business from an ‘also ran’ to second place in Campaign Magazine’s global network of the year rankings in three short years. He oversaw three years of record growth and profits (with a brief pause for covid!) and was shortlisted by Campaign Magazine as global CEO of the year in 2022. He led the launch of the Group’s sustainability practise, Havas Genus and oversaw multiple B-Corp accreditations including in the UK, US and the Netherlands. Under his tenure Havas UK's industry leading DE&I strategy was adopted across the global by Havas group.Prior to Havas, Hirst was the UK CEO of Grey (part of WPP) which more than tripled in size and quadrupled its profit during its transformation into one of the hottest, fastest growing and most creatively respected agencies in the world under his 5 year tenure. Culminating in being recognised as global creative network of the year in 2014.Chris went to his local state secondary school in Northumberland, is a graduate of Brasenose College Oxford (MEng Engineering Science) and Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program). After an apprenticeship at Pilkington Glass in St Helens, he embarked on (an unlikely) career in advertising.No Bullsh*t Leadership has been in the best-seller charts since publication in 2019. It was named UK Business Book of the Year in 2020. Chris is a columnist for Management Today and is a regular commentator in press and broadcast media including the Financial Times, BBC, Sky and CNBC.

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Chris Hirst's Professional Milestones

  • Client Services Director (1999-06-01~2003-06-01): Delivered exceptional client satisfaction through strategic communication and effective leadership.
  • Managing Director (2003-06-01~2009-12-01): Increasing revenue and establishing a strong market presence through strategic planning and implementation.
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Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School

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