Reduction in duties causes Lamport to quit Barclays Bank

Sheila Lamport, the media controller for Barclays Bank, is understood to have left the company, after her role was increasingly reduced under the new group marketing director, Simon Gulliford.

Lamport joined Barclays in 1997 from Allied Domecq, where she was the media communications manager for Europe. She was hired to oversee clients' planning and buying agencies.

But she is thought to have taken redundancy from Barclays after being marginalised within the group marketing hierarchy.

Gulliford joined Barclays from Emap Consumer Media last May. By August he had overseen the appointment of Starcom Motive to the bank's £15 million media account. In a controversial review, Starcom, which had worked with him at Emap, was admitted to the pitch, despite the incumbent status of its sister agency, MediaVest. Neither Lamport nor Barclays were available as Campaign went to press.

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