About Us | Havas

Our Mission

As San Francisco’s most digital traditional agency, we create meaningful connections between people and brands using creativity, innovative use of technology and targeted engagement insights.


Alan Burgis CEO
Alan Burgis CEO

Alan heads Havas Worldwide San Francisco with deep passion and a clear vision of how brilliant ideas can transform the world. Before becoming CEO here, Alan built an impressive career in both traditional and digital agencies throughout North America and Asia-Pacific, including McCann Erickson, Foote, Cone & Belding, and Euro RSCG Asia-Pacific, among others. His diverse background, entrepreneurial spirit, and groundbreaking approach to digital media have been pivotal in Havas Worldwide San Francisco’s success. On a day-to-day level, Alan leads, mentors, and manages the Account team in developing exceptional client relationships.

Ernie Lageson Executive Creative Director
Ernie Lageson Executive Creative Director

Ernie is a brilliant creative force, shaping the Creative Business Ideas® behind our work and crafting winning pitches for clients such as Seagate, PayPal, Genetech and Continental Mills. He has built an impressive 20-year career at leading agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann Erickson, and AKQA. Ernie has won awards in diverse areas from consumer electronics to travel and tourism.

Lyndsey Sferro Konrad Director of Talent
Lyndsey Sferro Konrad Director of Talent

As Director of Talent with over 15 years of experience, Lyndsey hasn’t lost sight of what matters most. In Lyndsey’s words: “How can I help my employees so they, in turn, can do their jobs to the best of their abilities and create the best work possible?” She has deep roots in the interactive agency world, having worked as VP of human resources at Agency.com and HR manager at the pioneering digital agency Red Sky Interactive. For the last four years, Lyndsey has lived and worked in Paris as an HR consultant and recruiter, helping to staff agencies all over the world. She is excited to be back in San Francisco, helping to grow the Havas Worldwide San Francisco office and shape the agency culture.

Jim Lightner CFO
Jim Lightner CFO

As the financial and operational backbone of the agency, Jim makes sure that we work smart as well as hard. In Jim’s words: “My primary clients are everyone in the agency. My department’s job is to provide the tools to best service our clients.” Jim has 14 years in the advertising/marketing world. He previously worked with Alan at Exile on 7th, and was COO of U.S. Destination Marketing.

John Dickey Director Of Delivery
John Dickey Director Of Delivery

With over 19 years of experience in formal project and technology management, John brings a proficient depth to his oversight of all of Havas’ engagements, including contracts, schedules, resources, and finance management. John has managed teams to execute large-scale digital campaigns on behalf of companies as diverse as Genentech, BioMarin, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Charles Schwab, Bank of America, and PG&E. At agencies MRM, Organic, and DraftFCB, he has driven development and delivery of a wide variety of advertising and marketing tactics, including web, mobile, video, social, interactive, print, search, and integrated CRM programs. John adores the agency life for its fast pace, creative spark, and boundless potential for client satisfaction.

Monette Hagopian Managing Director, Health and Wellness
Monette Hagopian Managing Director, Health and Wellness

Monette has over 16 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with a focus on brand marketing, sales, and digital/multichannel strategy, as well as a deep understanding of access, reimbursement, and distribution programs. She has played pivotal roles on blockbuster pharmaceutical brands such as Avastin, Ocrevus, Lucentis, Herceptin and Tamiflu. Monette is driven by the environment and opportunity where brand strategy can connect patients, caregivers and providers within the healthcare space.


We provide our clients with a full range of integrated tools and services across multidimensional 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.

Football field. Symbolizing strategy Brand Strategy

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.

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Smart, intuitive, and engaging user experiences.

Claritin commercial image Health & Wellness

Havas Tonic operates within HavasWW as an innovative practitioner
of healthcare communications.


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

Web interface of a brand design color palette Brand Design

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

gears and a brain stylistically together Analytics & Decision Sciences

Data transformed into actionable insights.

Direct Marketing

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

PR & Corporate Communications

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

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Mobile solutions that seamlessly engage consumers with branded experiences.

Image of a tablet laying on a table ( a device where digital commerce occurs). Digital Commerce

Integrated platforms that allow brands to merchandise strategically and effectively.

Over-the-shoulder image of a video editor in our content studio Content Studio

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

Product Development

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

Person writing date on sticky note Engagement Planning

Shaping more meaningful brand experiences.


Want to build a great brand? Start with great tools. In the hands of smart collaborators, our proprietary tools can generate meaningful brand experiences.


Creative Business Idea
The CBI is the foundation of our success in building great businesses. It generates differentiating ideas by bringing together strategic planners and clients in the most imaginative development process.
Prosumers are leading-edge consumers making and breaking markets today. To understand a category, you have to follow these influencers very closely. Our Prosumer database of 55,000 people around the world allows us to predict future attitudes and trends.
This tool enables the crucial analysis of communication conventions. The in-depth study of visual and verbal codes allows us to identify emerging trends and fresh ways of looking at each category.
Brand Momentum
We track each brand’s position in the marketplace by measuring its traction against that of its competitor's. As in political polling, we can accurately measure brand consideration, or how consumers are likely to vote.