Barry Wacksman

Barry Wacksman

Vice Chairman, EVP, Global Chief Strategy Officer at R/GA
New York, United States

About me

As Chief Growth Officer, Barry helps define the overall strategy and vision of the agency, He is responsible for agency business development and helps shape industry thought leadership. Since joining R/GA in 1999, the agency has grown organically from under 50 employees to over 700 staff across three offices globally. Under his leadership, R/GA has won accounts with some of the world’s top brands, like Nike, Verizon, L’Oréal, and Walmart. Barry’s articles have been published in a wide variety of industry publications, and he has presented on topics pertaining to the digital age at major conferences and events around the world.Prior to joining R/GA, Barry was at Ammirati Puris Lintas (APL) Digital, the interactive marketing unit of global advertising network Ammirati Puris Lintas. At APL Digital, he managed the global digital accounts of Compaq, Iridium, and LEGO, as well as business development.Barry serves on the board of directors of the Advertising Education Forum (AEF) and the Miami Ad School. He graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in philosophy and was a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Syracuse University.


Vice Chairman
New York, United States
October 2018 - Present (3 years 1 month)
Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Miami, United States
October 2014 - Present (7 years 1 month)
EVP, Global Chief Growth Officer
New York, United States
May 1999 - Present (22 years 6 months)
VP, Management Supervisor
Ammirati Puris Lintas
1997 - 1999 (2 years)


September 1982 - June 1986 (3 years 9 months)

BA, Philosophy

September 1982 - June 1986 (3 years 9 months)

Trade Organizations

ACT Responsible, Chalais

ACT'ive Agency Member
June 2012 - May 2019 (6 years 11 months)

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