Matt Conner quits Paragon for Barclays client side role

matt conner2Paragon Customer Communications chief growth officer Matt Conner has quit the business to switch client side and join Barclays UK as customer contact strategy director.

Conner joined the UK communications division of Paragon in February last year from MRM McCann, where he had been managing director.

He started his career at WWAV Rapp Collins (now Rapp) on an undergraduate placement in 1996, eventually becoming a senior account manager. He then joined Rapier in April 2003, but switched to Stephens Francis Whitson in April 2006, to head up the agency’s More Th>n account, including a period on secondment.

He moved to OgilvyOne in 2012, following SFW’s rebrand to VCCP Me which ultimately led to the departures of the three founders Neil Francis, Ben Stephens and Chris Whitson.

Conner switched to MRM Meteorite in 2014, which was formed from the merger of McCann Relationship Marketing and Meteorite. He was promoted to managing director in 2017; the agency rebranded MRM McCann a year later.

Although Conner’s exact role at Barclays has not been revealed, he wrote on LinkedIn : “Really looking forward to working alongside a very talented team to drive innovation and excellence from within. So for now, it’s goodbye to agency life – it’s been a blast.”

Barclays marketing and advertising agencies include Droga5, Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Iris.

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