Ryan Barr
Ryan Barr

Cognito and Burson-Marsteller alum Ryan Barr has joined Finn Partners, where he’s been named managing partner of the agency’s financial services practice.

Barr joins the global independent agency from London-based financial services and technology firm Cognito, where he served as managing director in its New York office. Prior to that, he was a managing director at Burson-Marsteller, where he handled integrated marketing and PR programs. He was previously managing director and corporate communications practice leader at IR and business communications firm IGB Group, and also formerly led Hill & Knowlton’s financial relations specialty practice in New York.

Earlier in his career, Barr was VP of corporate communications and strategic partnerships at video game maker Atari and a director of corporate development and communications for Medialink Worldwide.

As head of FP’s financial services unit, Barr will direct planning and communications counsel for clients in the banking, private equity, wealth management, insurance and fintech sectors. He’ll report to senior managing partner Richard Funess and managing partner Wendy Lane and will be based in the agency’s New York headquarters.