Kate was promoted to the new role of Co-Global President in September 2013, having held the role of UK Group Chairman since February 2006. The companies in her remit currently include Havas Worldwide London, Havas Worldwide London PR, Havas People, The Maitland Consultancy, Conran Design Group and Havas EHS.
Kate along with former Havas CEO David Jones came up with the idea of an annual summit with the aim of bringing young leaders from every country in the world together to participate in a series of debates covering major areas of global concern. Called One Young World, the first summit was held in London in February 2010 and the fourth has recently been held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In January 2003 she joined Havas, formerly known as Euro RSCG, as Executive Vice President Europe, responsible for business development and network practice. From November 2004 to March 2006 she was EVP Global Brands reporting to David Jones, on the service and practice of the global accounts of for RSCG Worldwide including Reckitt Benckiser for which business she was Global Brand Director and which in 2006 aligned all its business with Euro RSCG in Havas’ biggest ever global win.
In 1998 she founded Scholz & Friends London on behalf of the German Group. Having started with 5 people eventually staff numbered 53 in 2002 and accounts included Cable & Wireless, DHL, Dow Jones Corporate, Wall Street Journal Europe, Siemens Household Appliances, British Eggs, Seven Seas, Pfizer, Fisherman’s Friend, Lagerfeld and Swedish Match. .
Kate graduated from the University of Cape Town with BA LLB degrees in 1979. She left Law for advertising for purely instinctive reasons like: people; fun and funk. And that emotional, youthful folly proved to be wise life-choice in the long run. Her great passion and fascination were and are people and all that makes them tick. She is married to Film Producer Bruce Robertson and has a daughter, Ella.