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Ogilvy Names Marie-Claire Barker Chief Talent Officer

New York, NY, January 27, 2009 – Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, the world's third* largest advertising agency, has announced the appointment of Marie-Claire Barker as its Chief Talent Officer. She is replacing George Rose who is leaving Ogilvy after two years for an opportunity on the West Coast that will be announced shortly.

Reporting directly to CEO Miles Young, Marie-Claire will be working with the organization’s regional and discipline heads to deliver a talent strategy to drive a consistent approach to how the agency attracts, evaluates, motivates and grows its people, ensuring it is the destination of choice for talented individuals.

In making the announcement, Miles Young, CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, said, “Marie-Claire epitomizes to me the very best of Ogilvy character, culture and compassion. That’s why I have chosen her to partner with me in the critical area of talent.”

Marie-Claire has worked for Ogilvy since March 2002. She started her career in sales and marketing in the UK with Kimberly-Clark and Britvic Softdrinks where she had her first exposure to training and development, with responsibility for training the nationwide sales team. Her move to Human Resources came in 1995 when she joined Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine where she spent five years and held roles in International Leadership and Management Development, Organizational Development management, and finally in Corporate HR based in Canada.

Her time with Ogilvy has expanded her international experience where she has been responsible for developing senior leaders, managing for succession and ensuring the organization is prepared for changes in talent needs as its business challenges constantly evolve.

Originally from the UK, Marie-Claire lives in Manhattan with her husband and son.

[*2008 AdAge Global Marketers Report]

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Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide (ogilvy.com), a subsidiary of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), is one of the largest marketing communications networks in the world, with 450+ offices in 120 countries, specializing in advertising, relationship and interactive marketing, public relations, sales promotion and related services. The agency services Fortune Global 500 companies, including American Express, BAT, BP, Cisco, Coca-Cola, DHL, DuPont, Ford, Gillette, GSK, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Kodak, Kraft, Lenovo, Mattel, Motorola, Nestlé, SAP, Unilever and Yahoo!. As Brand Stewards, the agency works to leverage the brands of its multinational clients by combining local know-how with a worldwide network, creating powerful campaigns that address local market needs while reinforcing the universal brand identity. The hallmark of the agency’s brand-building capabilities is 360 Degree Brand Stewardship®, a holistic