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Sean Lyons

Global Chief Digital Officer, Havas Worldwide

In 2013 Sean was named Global Chief Digital Officer at Havas Worldwide, where he serves as the executive lead on all digital efforts across the network. His responsibilities include oversight of digital strategy, development and operations; enhancing the agency’s current offering; and introducing new digital platforms and capabilities for the agency and its clients.

Sean joined Havas Worldwide after nine years at R/GA, most recently as SVP of Operations & Business Planning where he oversaw the operations of the New York-based client groups. He also worked closely with the senior leadership on organizational and process design to facilitate fluid collaboration and communication across the network.

Prior to this role, Sean was the VP, Managing Director for the Nike account, a position he held for 5 years. During this time the combined team of Nike and R/GA designed and developed some of the most influential digital work in the industry, focusing on meaningful, useful and intuitive consumer experiences. This role required close coordination of all disciplines to deliver hundreds of initiatives a year across multiple offices. During his tenure, the Nike team at R/GA won dozens of awards including several Cannes Cyber Lions, One Show awards and CLIOs.

Before overseeing the account, Sean was the Executive Technical Director on Nike, where he worked closely with the client to develop scalable global platforms including NIKEiD, NikeStore and Nike+.

Beginning in 2009, Sean co-led the establishment of the R/GA Buenos Aires office, which has since grown into a full-service office and key part of the agency’s network.

Prior to joining R/GA, Sean founded CLR Media, a small consultancy providing digital commerce and marketing solutions for such brands as Barneys New York, Burson-Marsteller and Fragments.com. Earlier, he was the Director of Rich Media at Oven Digital, an early and innovative Silicon Alley agency. While there Sean worked with a diverse range of clients including IBM and Tiffany & Co., as well as ambitious start-ups including Digital Club Network, a live music streaming service, and WINfirst, an early social network.

Sean has a BFA with a concentration in Electronic Media from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.

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