Havas Creative Group announced that it is re-launching Havas Discovery in Baltimore. With the new brand, to be known as Havas Helia, the company is working to double the agency’s revenue in 2015 and grow from its current 60 employees in Baltimore to 100 employees. The agency recently redesigned its 400 East Pratt Street office space and in 2014 named Robert Poulin president of Baltimore Havas Helia. Along with Baltimore, the expansion creates a global brand across the U.S. (Chicago, Richmond, and New York), Europe (London, Cirencester, Warsaw), and China (Shanghai) with expansion planned to Sydney, Singapore and Cape Town in 2015.

Stan Czajkowski, Sr., a beloved member of the Baltimore advertising community, passed away Feb. 7. Most recently an account executive with Halo Branded Solutions, he spent 26 years as production manager at W.B. Doner and also worked at Weitzman Dym (now Weitzman) and Richardson Myers & Donofrio, where he was senior VP, print production.

At Annapolis Junction-based image and printing company Ironmark, Marie Lovitz joins from McArdle as customer service manager, overseeing 14 account coordinators, and Rich Gallena has been hired to launch Ironmark’s Marketing by Mailbox program as a senior sales representative. Gallena previously worked at Three Dog Parcel and the Pennysaver.

Since the calendar turned to the 21st century, thoroughbred horse racing in Maryland has experienced a roller-coaster ride from the highs of Triple Crown chasers such as Smarty Jones, I’ll Have Another and, more recently, California Chrome winning the Preakness Stakes, to the tragic low of the great Barbaro’s eventual fatal injury at Pimlico Race Course in 2006. Through all of it, Mike Gathagan has been the person at the Maryland Jockey Club juggling the news demands those types of events create. Now, the 49-year-old Gathagan is leaving his post as director of communications for the thoroughbred racing organization for a public relations position with the Maryland Catholic Conference, the lobbying arm for three Catholic archdioceses, including Baltimore.

Mindgrub announced that Sa’ad Raouf has been promoted from vice president of engineering to the company’s first chief technology officer. Raouf joined Mindgrub in 2012 from Benelogic, where he was vice president of software engineering, and he also implemented software solutions for companies such as John Deere, Merck and Verizon.

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