Edelman reels in WPP exec Marie-Claire Barker as global chief talent officer

Stacy-Claire Barker joined Edelman as its chief talent officer. / Edelman

Edelman announced the appointment of Marie-Claire Barker to the role of global chief talent officer, to start on July 23 of this year.

Barker has arrived from WPP’s Wavemaker (once known as MEC), where she was the lead talent executive for the media firm’s 8,500 employees in 90 countries. Prior, Barker was global chief talent officer for Ogilvy, leading the agency network’s recruitment, learning and development and succession planning capabilities.

In her new role, Barker has oversight over will lead the independently-owned PR firm’s talent development, recruitment and retention efforts, partnering with leaders across the agency network to meet the evolving demands of clients and the diverse needs of employees.

Barker will report to Matthew Harrington, Edelman's global chief operating officer. Harrington said: “Marie-Claire’s experience as a human resources professional deeply rooted in the marketing industry will make her an incredible resource for our employees and clients. Edelman continues its evolution to be an integrated communications marketing firm with subject-matter expertise in new areas like data analytics, paid media, C-suite advisory and digital transformation. Her expertise in developing talent will guide not only how we evolve our recruitment strategies to attract the right individuals in these areas, but also will be key to ensuring we maintain a culture of entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.”

Barker added: “I’m thrilled to join Edelman not only for the strong reputation it maintains in the industry, but also for the individual passion and commitment its leadership team has for their people. I have a passion for corporate culture and talent development and see both as essential to driving business growth. We want Edelman to be the company of choice for individuals who want a challenging, rewarding and exciting career experience within communications marketing.”

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