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Marian Salzman

CEO / Chairman

Havas PR North America / Havas PR Global Collective

NEW YORK, USA // Named one of the world’s top five trendspotters (bringing “metrosexual”—one of the 2003 Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society—to the world), Marian is one of the most-awarded female public relations executives in North America, currently listed in PRWeek’s Global Power Book and a PR News Top Woman in PR.

Before heading Havas PR (ranked in the top 12 in the world) and the Global Collective, Marian was the CMO at Porter Novelli, the CMO at JWT Worldwide and the CSO at Euro RSCG Worldwide.

She is also an entrepreneur, launching American Dialogue focus groups in cyberspace back in the early 1990s, when the online world was for geeks and oddballs, and then selling the company to Yankelovich a few years later.

Since Marian took over at @havasprus in late 2009, the agency has become one of the most awarded of its size.

As a sought-after speaker, she presents across the globe on topics from health trends to branding to generational differences and more.

Marian is the author or co-author of 16 books, including Buzz, the first big business book on buzz marketing, and her latest, Agile PR: Expert Messaging in a Hyper-Connected, Always-on World (2017; AMACOM), and she has executed award-winning thought leadership, reputation management and social media programs.

Marian is an honors graduate of Brown University.