Lori Hiltz, CEO of Havas Media North America, is an integrated media pioneer with over 25 years of experience. Lori’s passion for storytelling and deep understanding of today’s complex media landscape fuels her strategic vision and leadership of Havas Media’s North American business.
Since joining Havas in 2013, Lori has led the business to unprecedented growth, strengthening relationships with the agency’s long-term clients, LVMH, Sears Holdings Company and Fidelity, and adding satellite giant DISH, Emirates Airlines, and the iconic auction house Sotheby’s to the agency’s portfolio of clients.
Under Lori’s leadership, Havas Media has grown into a dynamic collective of specialty groups and disciplines that offers clients fully integrated, data-driven media and content solutions. Lori oversees more than 1,000 Havas Media employees across eight offices and is the driving force behind the agency’s commitment to innovation.
Prior to her current position, Lori led Havas Media’s Chicago office, bringing her wealth of experience to drive strategic thinking, innovation, and media optimization for the Sears Holdings Corporation. Before joining the Havas family, Lori managed full service media for the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM brands – a billion dollar business in a category that defines American fortunes. Lori also held senior positions at Donor Advertising, Lowe: Campbell-Ewald, and JWT.
Respected throughout the industry, Lori is an Effie award winner and was awarded the Bill Harmon Award from the Chicago Advertising Federation in 2011. She has served as a Grand Ogilvy Judge for the 2015 ARF David Ogilvy Awards, and was a keynote speaker at ARF’s RE!THINK Conference.
Lori is also a passionate advocate; she has run a YMCA, plays an active role on the board of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Chicago, and is a frequent guest lecturer with worldwide relationship expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
Lori holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Michigan State University. She sits on the board of the ARF, IRTS and is a member of the 4A’s Media Leadership Council.