Marie-Claire Barker will become global chief talent officer at Edelman on July 23 and report to COO Matt Harrington.
She will join from WPP’s Wavemaker, media, content and technology operation where she was talent lead for the 8,500-person firm.
Earlier, Barker was global talent officer at Ogilvy & Mather in charge of recruiting, learnings, development and succession planning.
Harrington views Barker’s experience as an “incredible resource” as the PR firm evolves into an integrated marketing organization with expertise in 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,” he said in a statement.