Libby Barden

Chief People Officer, Americas

As the ‘Head of Human Capital’ Libby Barden is Dentsu Aegis Network’s HR leader for the Americas. Our goal is to service our clients with the most talented individuals on the planet. To enable this, Libby and her teams focus on effective people strategy and operations to support the business strategy of the network throughout the Americas. With over 12,000 people in Canada, United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, the team is focused primarily on creating an environment where the very most talented individuals in the industry will want to build life-long careers. This takes a compelling culture and employee value proposition along with a highly effective Career framework for our people.

Libby came to the Dentsu Aegis Network via Merkle – where she is the Global Chief People Officer – overseeing a very talented team of HR professionals. That team is responsible for Merkle’s human resources function, value proposition, and capabilities, which span recruiting and on-boarding new staff; employee development and engagement; reward and recognition programs; performance management; and compensation and benefits.

Libby is a recognized industry leader with a solid background in building teams that perform effectively within rapidly changing organizations. She joined Merkle in 2014 from Accenture, one of the world’s leading consulting companies. At Accenture she went from serving external clients for several years to then spending more than 20 years in a variety of HR and other senior level positions. Most recently, as the North America Area HR managing director, Libby was responsible for partnering with the executive leadership team to provide strategic direction and drive the people agenda/talent plan for the business, ensuring that the HR strategy properly reflected the business strategy. Prior to this role, Barden was the global management consulting HR managing director where she helped create a unique culture and value proposition within Accenture to drive growth in direct competition with other strategic management consulting organizations.

Libby sits on the Executive Committees for Merkle globally and also for Dentsu Aegis Network in the Americas.

She holds a BA in mass communications and journalism from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Colorado Leeds Business School.

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Libby Barden, Chief People Officer, Americas

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