As US Chief Growth Officer of Havas Worldwide, Laura heads up new business development, organic agency growth and strategic brand building for North America.
She joined Havas Worldwide from San Francisco- and Brooklyn-based Propane Studio, where she was the digital agency’s senior vice president. There, Maness led national business development and marketing efforts while positioning the independent agency for rapid growth.
Prior to Propane, Maness led the West Coast business development efforts for Draftfcb and spearheaded growth initiatives across the agency’s global network and client roster, notably Hewlett-Packard. Before that, she oversaw a period of explosive growth for WPP/Wunderman-owned Designkitchen, and previously held management positions with Chicago-based digital shops Giant Step (now Arc Worldwide) and Black Dog Interactive.
Maness earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing from Loyola University Chicago. In her time outside of the office, she resides with her husband and newborn son in Chicago’s River North neighborhood (in between frequent visits to Cabo & London).