Havas Sports & Entertainment USA Names Daniel Dao as EVP, Managing Director

New York, NY — OCTOBER 17, 2017

Global brand engagement network Havas Sports & Entertainment (HSE) USA, a division of Havas Media, today has named Daniel Dao as its new EVP, Managing Director.

In his new role, Daniel will lead HSE to deliver insight and innovative ideas to its portfolio of clients that include The Coca-Cola Company, LVMH, Harley-Davidson and Delta.

With 15 years of experience, Daniel has led some of the industry’s most famous sports and entertainment activations. He has worked in over 70 countries, crisscrossing the globe more times than he can count on behalf of projects including the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour and the Olympic Torch Relay.

“Daniel’s progressive leadership style, combined with his boundary-pushing big ideas and deep passion, makes him the ideal person to lead the HSE team and expand the agency’s global business in North America as Mikey Hersom steps down as President of HSE,” says Colin Kinsella, CEO Havas Media Group, North America.

In his multi-decade career, Mikey played a key role in defining experiential marketing by leading pioneering execution of some of the world’s most coveted and logistically challenging sports and entertainment activations.

“Above all, Mikey has positively impacted the lives of thousands of young people around the world,” adds Colin. “We wish him the best of luck in his next endeavor and look forward to seeing what Daniel and the team will continue to achieve for HSE.”

Daniel will collaborate closely with Mikey to ensure a seamless transition, guaranteeing that HSE’s clients receive the same creativity and dedication they have come to expect. A solid core leadership team — comprised of Brad Jansen, EVP, Partnerships, Strategy & Creative, and Amanda Daniels, EVP, Client Services & Production — surrounds Daniel. Stacy Fuller is transitioning to the media side of the business for both Global and North America.

About Havas Media U.S.
Havas Media U.S. draws together the global media expertise of Havas Group, one of the leading global communications and marketing companies in the world. Recently named Adweek Magazine’s 2016 U.S. Media Agency of the Year, it consists of three media brands, Havas Media, Arena Media and FullSix Media, as well as Havas Sports & Entertainment, the industry’s largest brand engagement network. Havas Media U.S operates four fully integrated “Villages” in New York, Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco, while leveraging the strength of the Havas Media’s global network which operates in 118 countries and employing more than 5,600 people. Havas Media U.S. delivers a full scope of marketing capabilities, as well as integrated specialty units such as Havas Health Media, mobile consultancy Mobext, social media unit Socialyse, and search unit Ecselis.

About Havas Sports & Entertainment U.S.
Havas Sports & Entertainment (HSE) is an international network of dedicated experts in sports, music, and entertainment positioned at the core of the Havas Group across its 46 Villages around the world. In the USA, HSE derives from the merging the award-winning talents of experiential unit ignition and content group Cake — bringing together a combined client list including The Coca-Cola Company, Harley-Davidson, LVMH, TracFone, Delta, and Under Armour. The team is deployed in New York City, Atlanta, Boston and Chicago and provides integrated services that truly connect people with brands through their passions — optimizing brand investments through partnerships, experiences, and stories.