HVMO names Maggie Po as CFO

Havas Media Ortega has appointed Maggie Po as its new chief financial officer.

Maggie’s (pictured)  key responsibilities include overseeing the back office operations, which includes Finance & Accounting, IT, Legal, HR and Admin. She brings with her more than 14 years of experience working in senior finance roles. Her longest stint has been with Branders.Com, a US-based multinational company, as its most senior finance person for eight years.

Maggie’s past experience also includes working with P&G Asia, where as AP Manager she oversaw the financial requirements for the Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam markets. She also had the distinction of being a P&G Recognition Shares awardee, where she bested more than 300 employees in the Manila headquarters and thousands more worldwide.

A Certified Public Accountant, Maggie has received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from Silliman University (Dumaguete) and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Referring to the leadership team comprising of Jos Ortega, Hermie de Leon and Tonypet Sarmiento, Maggie said: “I am very excited to work with three of the most interesting people in the industry. Havas Media Ortega is one of the most innovative agencies in the Philippines, especially with its integrated business model. I look forward to helping the company expand into more disciplines with its growing roster of clients.”

Jos Ortega, Chairman and CEO, Havas Media Ortega said: “Maggie brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from her stint as the Chief Financial Officer of the world’s largest promotional items store.”

“After growing the revenues base by 581% since we took over operations in 2012, we felt it was time to bring in a heavy-hitter in finance who will help us prepare for our next quantum leap.”

Havas Media is the flagship brand of Havas Media Group, the media network of leading global advertising and communications group Havas and one of the fastest growing media groups having grown from 10 markets in 1999 to 126 markets in 2012. The group has been built on organic growth and, as such, has a deeply ingrained culture that celebrates our united values and strong entrepreneurial spirit.

Our teams are structured to adapt to the digital, real time world that we live in. Like everyone in the Havas group, we integrate our digital expertise at the centre of everything we do. We call this approach “digital at the core”.