Libby Barden

Chief People Officer, Americas

As the ‘Head of Human Capital’ Libby Barden is Dentsu Aegis Network’s HR leader for the Americas. Libby was previously the Global Chief People Officer for Merkle. Libby’s team was 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 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 Bachelor’s degree 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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