Donna Murphy

Member, Havas Worldwide Executive Committee: Global CEO, Havas Health & You

Donna has worked at Havas for almost 30 years. Her journey to health-and-wellness marketing was not the traditional path—she began her career at Ernst & Young before moving on to Goldman Sachs. When Donna joined Havas as it expanded into North America from its home base in France, she was tasked with acquiring agencies and weaving the network together. One of the earliest acquisitions she spearheaded for Havas was a health-and-wellness agency, and she fell in love with the discipline.

She and her team built Havas Health—named Agency/Network of the Year by Medical Marketing & Media (MM&M)—into the largest global health and wellness communications network, comprised of 65-plus multidisciplined, health-focused marketing agencies in 50 countries. In her role as Global CEO, Donna leads 4,000 employees around the world, and with the creation of Havas Health & You, Donna has overseen the joining together of the Havas Health agencies with the consumer health marketing communications practices across Havas companies around the globe.

Donna was named Advertising Person of the Year by Med Ad News and one of the Most Influential Women

of the Year by The Irish Voice. In November 2016, she was ranked No. 27 on the MM&M and PRWeek Health Influencer 50 list. In the same month, Donna was named Executive of the Year by the Arthritis Foundation. She is a member of the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital-Home Base Leadership Council, a trustee for Bishop Kearney High School, a member of the Coalition for Healthcare Communication Executive Committee and a board member of Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere).

Donna received a B.B.A. from Pace University in New York and lives in Wilton, Connecticut.