New Havas CEO on Prowl for Deals

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Wall Street Journal, 3/23/11

Five years after French advertising company Havas SA buckled down on a major debt-cutting drive, David Jones, the new chief executive, is now on the hunt for acquisitions. He has €750 million, or more than $1 billion, on hand.

“The biggest change I will put into place at Havas will be the new offensive phase with a war-chest to invest,” Mr. Jones said in an interview at Havas’s headquarters in the Paris suburb of Suresnes. “We just need to spend the money in the right way.”

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