Marian Salzman Named To First-Ever Holmes Report Top Innovators List

The Havas PR CEO Has Made a Career of Game-Changing and Award-Winning Initiatives, Including the Recently Launched SocialProvidence and Havas Peaks

06 Sep, 2013, 14:30 ET from Havas PR

NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning agency Havas PR North America is proud to announce that its CEO, marketing industry innovation leader Marian Salzman, has been named to In2's Innovator 25, the Holmes Report's first listing of the top marketing innovators in the country. The list honors individuals who set the bar for innovation in PR by outdoing and challenging notions of innovation, disruption and game-changing, with a body of work to back it up.

Recent innovations Marian has grown at Havas PR include the conception, development and launch of Havas Peaks, a first-of-its-kind global C-suite executive branding service, and SocialProvidence, a game-changing social media consulting pop-up agency run by two millennial Venture for America fellows. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Council of Public Relations Firms, and she will soon be celebrating another milestone—a decade since she launched "metrosexual" into the popular zeitgeist to create a marketplace for SAB Miller's Peroni.

"Innovation is just who I am, in every aspect of my life," Salzman said. "I feel like a teenager in the body of a baby boomer; when it comes to learning, I am a lifelong student. I don't drink, do drugs or crave sugar, but I do have two addictions: engaging my brain and building businesses. And hopefully, I'm helping make the world a better place while I'm at it; at the very least I like to keep things interesting."

One of the world's top five trendspotters, Salzman was named PRWeek's 2011 PR Professional of the Year after just 19 months at the helm of Havas PR North America and is currently one of Business Insider's 25 Most Powerful People in PR. Marian's brainchild The Sisterhood, a social media venture by, for and about teenage girls based on groundbreaking research, won some of the industry's top honors in innovation, including the Bulldog Reporter and PRWeek awards for PR Innovation of the Year.

"We selected Marian for the stunning breadth of her innovative achievements, as well as for believing in the power of borderless collaboration in an industry that clings to traditional structures," said Paul Holmes, editor-in-chief and CEO, the Holmes Report. "One early example of her innovative spirit: She pioneered online focus groups with the co-founding of Cyberdialogue, the world's first online market research company. And it's been one fascinating development after another throughout her career."

"Marian is an unstoppable force of future-forward strategy and innovation," added Donna Murphy, Global CEO of Havas Worldwide Health, a parent network of Havas PR. "She is fueled by inspiration and constantly raises the bar and sets new standards for the industry."

The author or co-author of 15 books and an award-winning blogger, Marian currently blogs for the Huffington Post,, CNBC and various company blogs. More of her best-known consumer campaigns include Pepsi's "It's Like This," "It's America Online" and even Wyclef Jean's campaign for president of Haiti—which garnered billions of media impressions in just a few months.

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