James Wright
James Wright

James Wright, who was running Red Agency in Australia and Havas PR operations in the Asia/Pacific region, has been named Havas PR North America chief.

He takes over for Marian Salzman, who exited in April for the top communications post at Philip Morris International.

Wright also will chair the Havas PR Collective, which has more than 1,500 staffers in 40 agencies. 

He's expected to expand Havas' position in the North American market and foster increased collaboration overseas.

Havas chief Yannick Bollore praised Wright's impact in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region as "peerless."

He believes Wright's experience is "what we need to deliver a strong, cohesive earned and experiential offer that will attract the best talent and future-focused clients."