Janet Barker-Evans - Alumni | CMCMA | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Janet Barker-Evans

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Journalism, 1993

Senior Vice President,

Executive Creative Director,


Janet is presently SVP Executive Creative Director, Epsilon.

Formerly Janet was Executive Vice President, Group Creative Director at Draftfcb Chicago, Janet oversaw creative work on core accounts that cross various marketing disciplines including advertising, promotion, direct and digital. Past clients have included P&G, M&M Mars, ConAgra, Folgers, Kaiser Permanente, Priority Club, CVS, Bank of America, and GSK. She currently leads the agency's integrated work for Kmart, Halls and Valspar, heads the Draftfcb Consumer Health creative group, and provides senior creative leadership to several other client accounts.

With a background that includes general advertising, direct marketing, retail promotional marketing and digital marketing, Janet brings a unique blend of disciplines that helps her create and provide direction to multidimensional efforts for all Draftfcb clients. Considered a digital pioneer, she made online/offline programs a reality for many clients in the early days of the Internet and has continued to do so as the digital world expands. Janet is also recognized as a leader in retail marketing, leading campaigns and programs from in-store merchandising efforts to fully integrated national television and digital campaigns.

She and her teams are recipients of dozens of creative awards including Reggies, Golden Eagles, Echoes, Effies, Tempos, PRO Awards, APMA Globes, John Caples awards and more. In addition, Janet has and continues to serve as a respected judge at numerous industry forums and award shows. Janet was named the Woman of the Year by WDMI in 2006, judged the Cannes Lions in 2008, and is a frequent speaker at industry meetings and conferences.

Janet serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of Little City Foundation (www.littlecity.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of adults and children with developmental disabilities. She has taught classes in advertising strategy and Internet marketing as an adjunct professor and she has been responsible both for mentoring future marketers and for administering extern and internship programs, while developing courses in direct and digital marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a master’s degree in media communications from Governors State University.