Oliver UK poaches Olaye from Havas as CTO

Is there no stopping Oliver, the agency that sets up in clients’ offices? It’s just opened its latest outpost in Istanbul and now it’s poached Havas UK’s head of innovation Michael Olaye (below) as its new group chief technology officer.


The Oliver model certainly seems to be rattling some big agency cages in London. I hear that one such is about to tie up a similar deal with a very large client.

Olaye will join the agency in June and will report to CCO Brian Cooper and Dare CEO Leigh Thomas. Oliver bought once high-flying digital agency Dare in October last year.

CCO Cooper says: “Michael’s credentials speak for themselves. His experience and insight in marrying technology strategy and innovation will be hugely beneficial for our clients and he will play a key role across the business as we continue to bridge the gap between strategy and creative execution.”

Olaye’s appointment follows the opening of an Oliver UK office in Manchester in April and the appointment of Sharon Whale as Oliver UK CEO in December.

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