Havas Ortega Taps Maria Lourdes Benito-Escalona as HR Director

Havas Ortega has appointed Maria Lourdes Benito-Escalona, as the Havas Village HR Director, tasked with overseeing all aspects of human resources for the organization. In addition, Benito-Escalona will work closely with senior leadership to provide insights and recommendations on workforce planning, organizational design, and diversity and inclusion initiatives to ensure the long-term success of the company.

She brings over 25 years of industry experience, along with a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the critical leadership role. Benito-Escalona began her career in the Human Resources field with an industry leader in real estate development. She later moved on to Strategic Works, Inc. (Stratworks) where she stayed for almost twelve years prior to her recent appointment with Havas Ortega.

“We are thrilled to have Malou join our team as HR Director. As we continue to expand and innovate, it’s more important than ever to have strong HR leadership to help us attract, retain and develop the best talent in the industry. Together, we will continue to push boundaries and create innovative solutions that drive value for our clients,” CEO Jos Ortega.


Benito-Escalona’s new role comes at a time when Havas Ortega’s new business acquisitions keep growing, she will play a pivotal role in nurturing the internal health of the agency to support the expansion, the agency said.

“HR is mostly a balance of managing expectations and building a culture for growth,” says Benito-Escalona,

“From your immediate bosses, your international partners with the same stake in your success, from the people who do the day to day operations, and even from your other external clients, I’m always happy to serve.”

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