Our Mission

To build meaningful American brands through
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Nicole Laughlin President & Chief Client Officer, Havas Chicago
Nicole Laughlin President & Chief Client Officer, Havas Chicago

As President and Chief Client Officer of Havas Chicago, Nicole is responsible for delivering the strategic vision of the creative agency. She also serves as executive client lead and oversees the agency’s roster of brands, including Citi, Cracker Barrel, Hefty, Ragu Pasta Sauce, Reynolds Consumer Products, Moen, Michelin, Mike’s Hard Lemonade and more.

In addition to client management, Nicole leads the Chicago Village on a day-to-day basis – fostering a collaborative culture across Village disciplines, curating customized agency programs and initiatives, and managing new business opportunities.

Prior to Havas Chicago, Nicole held senior-level positions at renowned agencies, brands and platforms. Throughout her career, she has helped notable retail, CPG and travel brands leverage data and creativity to help better serve their consumers in an ever-evolving marketplace.

In her nearly two years in a global marketing role at Facebook, Nicole was recruited as an industry expert who was tasked with building the platform’s retail vertical. Bringing a mobile-forward mentality, she partnered with major retailers and CPG companies to help them accelerate and innovate how they apply digital strategy and platforms to grow their business—focusing on everything from e-commerce and in-store to buy online pickup in store (BOPIS). Nicole also collaborated with Facebook’s engineers and product developers to build solutions to retail’s biggest challenge: deliver incremental business growth for both retailers and CPG brands.

As a Senior Vice President at Leo Burnett, Nicole led global marketing teams to break new ground with iconic brands Disney and Kellogg’s. For Disney, she marketed the launch of two new theme parks in California and Paris. In partnership with Kellogg’s, Nicole launched new brands and line extensions, including the establishment of a first-ever partnership between Special K and Yahoo that featured uniquely branded search results.

Nicole also served as Vice President of Marketing and Brand Development for the leading Midwest supercenter chain, Meijer. In this role, Nicole was responsible for setting the vision and leading the transformation of Meijer’s marketing function from a traditional retail marketing approach to a leading-edge brand building and retail capability that engages customers in a digital world. In 2017, Nicole was recognized as one of the Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer.

Nicole earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and German from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and studied in the Executive Education Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Nicole and her family reside in Chicago with their numerous pets, including dogs, horses and a hedgehog.

John Norman Chief Creative Officer, Havas Chicago
John Norman Chief Creative Officer, Havas Chicago

Raised in public housing by his grandmother on the south side of Dallas, John found inspiration and friendship in art and basketball. He was recognized in high school for art and photography on a national level and for basketball as an all-state player. John is a classically-trained designer with a degree in fine arts from Texas A&M University, where he was recently named a distinguished alumni. As a student, John was selected as one of only 18 design majors across the country to receive a Champion Paper Imagination scholarship. His student portfolio was published in a nationally released book, A Professional Guide to Marketing Your Work, and Mary Yeung of HOW magazine said of him, “. . . he has great concepts, impeccable technical skills, enthusiasm for design, a sense of humor, and exceptional problem-solving abilities.”

John believes in the transformative power of storytelling. According to John, in a world of fragmented messaging, information overload, and industry uncertainty, ideas with a simple human truth, told with a provocative single-minded narratives that work across all media channels, will win. He is convinced that most great ideas are simple, and simplicity will always cut through the noise and make an emotional connection with people. John has made a career of attracting the best talent to each position he holds, and inspiring them to create their magic. John practices a leadership style of “freedom within a framework” that he learned from his earliest days at Wieden & Kennedy. This style gives teams the room to fail, learn, succeed, and repeat.

John excels in building teams, connecting talent, and in creating a working environment where people want to succeed and grow. His holistic team approach to creative challenges has allowed him to lead and craft brand identities, campaigns, social conversations, digital experiences, and experiential environments for iconic brands such as Nike, Apple, BASF, Hewlett Packard, NBA, Wyndham Hotels, Adidas, Benetton, Coke-Cola, the American Indian College Fund, Pepsi, BF Goodrich, Heineken, NFL, State Farm, Gatorade, Beats, the NBA, Pirelli, and The Ad Council. Some of his work is still in use today, three decades after he created it. John has been fortunate to work with some great leaders over the years including Phil Knight, Tinker Hatfield, Dan Wieden, Oliviero Toscani, Steve Jobs, Carly Fiorina, Lee Clow, Steve Stoute, and Jimmy Iovine, as well as many others in his career.

Throughout John’s career, he has lived in Tokyo, Amsterdam, Italy, San Francisco, New York, and, now, Chicago. His work has been widely recognized and has won awards including an Emmy, an Emmy nomination, the Cannes Grand Prix, the Grand Prix Epica Award, the New York Art Directors’ Vision Award, Campaign of the Year and the Top 5 Award, multiple Cannes, Effies and One Show medals, the Japan Nikkei Award, the Russian Grand Effie, and Adweek’s Spot of the Year. In addition, his work has been featured in almost every advertising and design publication. The “Happiness Factory” campaign for Coca Cola and “Write the Future” for Nike remain two of the most highly-awarded integrated global campaigns ever. Every day, John feels lucky to be an only child who grew up and gets to work in a community of creative people who love art, sports, and culture.

Allison Ciummei Chief Talent Officer, Havas Chicago
Allison Ciummei Chief Talent Officer, Havas Chicago

Allison Ciummei is The Chief Talent Officer for the Havas Chicago Group, responsible for the overall culture, people and talent strategy for the Chicago creative agency, Annex Chicago, Annex Bookstore, Battery Annex, HSE, and helia.

Originally from Boston, she started her advertising career at Modernista! where she fell in love with the people in this business. Prior to her role in Chicago, Allison spent nearly 10 years in the Havas network, both at Arnold Boston and with the Havas Group in New York.

Most recently, as the Director of Global Talent for the Havas Group based out of New York, Allison helped shape the global talent strategy for the organization, while leading the design, development and execution of Havas Group’s flagship global talent programs, including: Havas Lofts, a program that provides global mobility experiences for Havas employees; and most recently, Femmes Forward, a program aimed at advancing the pace of careers of Senior Manager/Director level women in the organization.

In addition, Allison played a key role in building and implementing global platforms, including a global onboarding experience to educate new hires, and the Power of Vivendi website that showcases the capabilities and value of the businesses within Vivendi. She also spearheaded the development and launch of Havas Group’s global employer brand.

Having spent time in many of Havas’ global villages, Allison has a unique understanding of the industry and the group’s mission, both of which she leverages to inform and evolve the Chicago group’s talent strategy.

In her time away from the office, Allison enjoys time with friends and family, golfing, photography, traveling and exploring new cities, and relaxing on a beach (margarita in hand).

Angelo Kritikos Chief Financial Officer & Director of Operations, Havas Chicago
Angelo Kritikos Chief Financial Officer & Director of Operations, Havas Chicago

Angelo oversees our financial and internal operations. He is responsible for partnering with senior management on the strategic analysis, budgeting, and reporting of financial information, as well as oversight of Facility and IT functions. He is also our liaison to Havas Worldwide.

Angelo’s experience includes time at the Chicago offices of Draftfcb and Edelman. He was a key advisor to agency management, leading the development and implementation of management reporting tools, policies, and procedures for effective management of the agency and client profitability.


We provide our clients with a full range of integrated tools and services across multi-dimensional platforms. Our extensive in-house capabilities and best-in-class partners allow us to create custom, purpose-built solutions that help drive our clients’ businesses.


Big, integrated ideas across all communications platforms.

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The crucial insights that lay a foundation for all creative thinking.

Social Marketing

Ideas that speak the language and spark the conversations of the world.

Millennial & Multicultural Experts

We bring an unmatched understanding of the new emerging consumer and the new American diversity.

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Smart, intuitive, and engaging user experiences.


Tailor-made approach for the world’s most premium brands.

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Brand identities that are built to last, because they build brand equity.

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Data transformed into actionable insights.

Direct Marketing

Lasting relationships that are built one loyal customer at a time.

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Shaping more meaningful brand experiences.

Product Development

Our in-house Innovation Lab creates proprietary apps and digital experiences that translate into real-world sales.

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Studio 6 is our in-house, best-in-class content delivery system incorporating live-action editorial, audio, design, animation, and digital production.

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Integrated platforms that allow brands to merchandise strategically and effectively.

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Mobile solutions that seamlessly engage consumers with branded experiences.

PR & Corporate Communications

Powerful storytelling and narratives to put clients at the center of cultural storms.


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