We are a 100+ person powerhouse providing data fueled performance marketing campaigns, CRM strategy and implementation, loyalty program management and marketing technology consulting for some of the world's most well known brands.

We have offices in Baltimore, Richmond, Chicago and New York - all delivering game-changing creative with an analytic bent.



Executive Leadership

Killian Schaffer

Managing Director, North America

As the Managing Director of CRM at helia, Killian Schaffer is responsible for developing the data-driven, multi-channel communications that allow helia to deepen relationships between brands and consumers through digital marketing technology. Over the last 18 years, Killian has been instrumental in demystifying data tools, processes, and analytics for clients and internal partners alike.

Before his time at helia, Killian directed CRM strategy for Cramer-Krasselt, where he developed acquisition, conversion, and loyalty programs for brands including Porsche, Edward Jones, and Cedar Fair Amusement Parks.

Killian also led reporting and analytics at Orencia, where his team optimized media performance and re-engineered CRM programs. Killian has delivered acquisition, retention, and customer engagement strategies for clients including Outback Steakhouse, Adobe software, Nestle Water, and LasikPlus. He served as the head of the United Airlines business while working at G2 and oversaw Allstate’s™ customer retention and cross-sales initiatives at OgilvyOne. He picked up a few awards along the way, including two Tempos, a DMA Echo award, and an NCDM Database Excellence award.

Killian spent two years at the Southern Illinois University graduate school for journalism. Before graduate school, Killian graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in English literature. Killian is a panelist on MediaPosts OMMA Mobile events and discusses challenges and trends impacting the growth of data in the mobile era. He's also produced articles for Mashable, HUB Magazine and can be reached nearly 24/7 on twitter at @kschaffs.

Shay Young

Director Data Services

Shay Young is General Manager and Director of Data Services at helia. As an Information Services leader, Shay is focused on developing scalable and secure data systems to capture, store and execute data events throughout a customers' lifecycle—from acquisition to CRM. He has a BS degree in Information System Sciences and is currently studying Computer Forensics and White Hat Ethical Hacking.

With over 20 years in information systems and over 15 years with Havas, Shay has cultivated an impressive wealth of data-driven marketing experience. He got his start at helia as a Database Analyst and was responsible for the development and standardization of helia's current data flow processes to ensure the highest level of data quality. One of his major accomplishments to date was the creation of helia’s development process, which is utilized to develop scalable CRM, campaign and BI systems. The integration of marketing activity in an OLAP environment enabled a complete 360 view of both customers and leads, which allows clients to build smarter tailored campaigns while shortening the feedback loop.

Shay sets the tone for his team and clients by demonstrating strong strategic database marketing knowledge, excelling at BI analytical infrastructure development and creating tactical approaches to data warehouse and unstructured Big Data systems integration. His analytic and technical expertise has helped helia remain at the cutting edge of data-driven creative trends.

Michael Kaushansky

Chief Data Officer Havas US / President Havas Helia US

As President of Havas Helia, Kaushansky is responsible for the agency’s data, analytics and marketing technology and insights practices. Kaushansky brings extensive analytics and data experience to his leadership position, having joined joined Havas in 2011 as EVP, Chief Analytics Officer for Havas Media after previously working at Ogilvy & Mather and Publicis. Kaushansky started his career on the client side in analyst roles with Glaxo SmithKline, Conseco, Target and GE Money.

What's exciting about Havas Helia is our DMA-certification to access and handle brands' first-party data, meaning we can host, manage and profile segment data and create personalized approaches. “Advertisers cannot legally know the information that we have access to through our DMA-certification," says Kaushansky. "There is no more powerful way for a brand to communicate with its consumer than by name or identity characteristics — and we can do that. We’re covered on the privacy end, and we have the technology to do it effectively.”

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