“Corporate Raider” Holds His Holding Company

from Adweek: Groupe Bollore, the principal company of corporate raider Vincent Bollore, said it has used about 55 million Havas shares to borrow more than $270 million from an unnamed French financial firm, fueling speculation that Bollore will raise his 22 percent stake in the holding company.
Paris-based Havas is the parent of the Arnold, Euro RSCG and Media Planning Group agency networks. Two key Havas assignments (Volkswagen’s $500 million North American media account and Intel’s $400 million global media and creative business) are currently in review, with incumbent Havas agencies defending.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.