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Havas’ Gate One enters a new era, taps Ben Tye as Managing Partner

Havas’ Gate One enters a new era, taps Ben Tye as Managing Partner

Gate One, the digital business transformation practice within Havas, has announced that Ben Tye, previously Partner, will become Managing Partner. 

Simultaneously, Tim Phillips, who founded Gate One in 2013, will be moving on from the managing partner role and transitioning to a new position in the Havas network. 

As co-founder, Tim Phillips has seen Gate One grow from a four-partner start-up to a successful international practice with over 270 consulting personnel across the UK, Ireland and the US. Since joining the Havas family in 2019, Gate One has supported the evolution of the global marketing communications group with the addition of business transformation and management consultancy services. 

Hailed by The Sunday Times as the 20th best mid-sized UK company to work for in 2022, the team has built a business with energy, passion and determination to deliver innovative and compelling solutions for its clients. Phillips exits Gate One with over 25 years’ experiences crafting and delivering major strategic programs across global businesses.

Tim Phillips, Co-founder, GateOne: “Ben is a highly experienced strategic adviser and transformation leader, and I am delighted to welcome him into this role. His thoughtful leadership style has earned him great respect among those he’s worked with and has made significant contribution to Gate One already. I couldn’t think of a better person to be taking over the leadership of our agency and shaping its future growth story.

Tye joined Gate One in February 2018 as a client director and became Partner in 2020. As part of the executive team, he has played a critical role in driving growth for the business and developing a close relationship with Havas to provide greater services to clients. Outside of the consultancy, Tye is a UKCP certified psychotherapist with a private clinical practice, giving him a unique perspective on leadership dynamics and culture.

Ben Tye, Managing Partner, Gate One: "I’m thrilled to be taking on this position as Managing Partner. In the last six years at Gate One, I’ve had the privilege of working in high-performing consulting teams with colleagues who are committed to doing their very best to transform businesses. I’m excited to lead the next part of our journey with Havas, delivering transformational change with our clients.

With the handover, Gate One is poised for its next phase of growth, drawing on the digital, customer and communications expertise as part of Havas to provide greater value and meaningful change for its clients.