JWT’s global executive creative director and one of Australia’s most successful female creatives has exited the agency after 11 years, B&T can confirm.
JWT formally became Wunderman Thompson in November last year after WPP merged Wunderman and J. Walter Thompson to form a new agency.
Barclay will be taking a break from the world of advertising, as reported, though it is unclear if she eventually plans on returning to agency land.
B&T reached out to Barclay and WPP but did not receive a comment at the time of publishing.
UK-born but Australian raised, Barclay is one of Australia’s most successful female creatives to date.
She played a chief role in many well-known Aussie campaigns, including Ant Panz for Holeproof, ‘Milk. Legendary Stuff’ for Australian Dairy and the legendary ‘Not Happy Jan’ campaign for Yellow Pages.
Barclay landed her first job in advertising as an art director at The Campaign Palace, Melbourne, looking after clients such as Holeproof, Herald Sun Newspaper and Target.
Following that, she moved to Clemenger BBDO in 1992 as group creative director, running accounts for Mercedez Benz, Sancella, Yellow Pages and Dulux.
From 2000-2002, she was the group creative director at BBDO, before taking on the role of global creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi.
For the past 11 years, Barclay has led the worldwide creative for JWT (Wunderman Thompson).