Suki Thompson interview with Xavier Rees

Xavier Rees, the CEO of Havas London, talks about why his leadership is driven by three words; people, planet and profit. Importantly, he talks about why those three words matter and what he’s doing inside his organisation to promote, measure and foster all three.

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Xavier Rees the CEO, Havas London, discusses with our Let’s Reset founder, Suki Thompson how being a member of the Certified B Corporations has helped the advertising and communications agency become a force for good and an advocate of change. Xav highlights how social and environmental best practice can and should go hand in hand with performance, transparency and accountability. To find out more about becoming a Certified B Corporation and the work they do, click here

Havas' commitment to change doesn't stop there. It has signed up to the Better Business Act which works to create a 'cleaner, greener and fairer future for all'. All businesses, big or small, can sign up (as we have also done here at Let's Reset) to the Act and we strongly encourage you to do so here.

Be sure to also check out the IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising), a group which sets best practice standards in the advertising and communications industry. They work collaboratively with members to improve diversity within the industry and aim to support and develop their people at all levels. Find out more here.

Hear more about the relevance of these hugely important topics at the Advertising Week Europe 2021 Festival, where our CEO and Founder Suki Thompson spoke to Sarah Harbon, General Manager Benefit Cosmetics UK, Douglas Lamont, CEO, Innocent Drinks and Harriet Hounsell, Chief People Officer, Nomad Foods in the session 'People, Profit, or the Planet: What Matters Most For Business?'. Watch the video here.

Suki Thompson

Founder CEO , Let's Reset

Suki Thompson is well-known in the media and communications industry as a serial entrepreneur; co-founder of the award winning Oystercatchers, marketing consultancy, Haystack and Bunker Gin and now Founder of Let’s Reset, the cultural change transformation company. She is also Executive Director Xeim/Centaur Media and NED Gateley Plc. As a transformational business leader with a passion for promoting business cultures founded on commercial effectiveness, wellbeing and resilience, Suki is regularly named as one of the most powerful people in advertising by industry bible Campaign, was a previous Chair of The Marketing Society, a member of WACL, received an Honorary Doctorate from Coventry University for Marketing & Entrepreneurship and in 2018 landed Entrepreneur of the Year by WinTrade. She has advised some of the most powerful brands globally including, McDonald’s, Samsung, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Barclay’s and Landmark and worked with the top agency groups including WPP, Omnicom, Havas, Publicis and Interpublic. Suki was a Trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support for eight years, following her first of four cancer diagnoses in 2008. Since then she has discovered she holds the BRCA gene. This has led her to think carefully about her own wellbeing and contributed to her enormous resilience which led her to writing the book, Let’s Reset. Suki has two children Jaz, who heads up Let’s Reset Education and Sam, both of whom appear in her book, Let's Reset with Rankin.
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