DURHAM, N.C., April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- McKinney announced today that John Newall has been named partner and president of the agency, effective immediately.
Previously partner and group account director, Newall, 44, succeeds Jeff Jones who has been named executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Target Corporation.
"We take pride in the depth of talent we have at McKinney," said Brad Brinegar, chairman and CEO. "I am thrilled to be able to promote someone to this important position from within the agency. We have been grooming John to someday become president, and I am confident we won't miss a beat as he moves into the job."
"I am delighted to have been chosen for this role at McKinney," said Newall. "It's exciting to participate in a broader range of activities to help drive more of our clients' businesses in ways beyond all their reasonable expectations. That's what we do."
Since joining McKinney in 2005, Newall has been key to building partnerships with clients like Sony Consumer Electronics, Virgin Mobile USA, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Nationwide Insurance. His leadership helped launch Bravia, Sony's LCD television that re-established their number one position. More recently, John has focused on the Nationwide brand, helping them reinvigorate their business and elevate their brand to some of the highest levels of marketing performance in the history of the company. He has also helped define a strategic and creative platform for Gold's Gym to further strengthen that brand's leadership position. Having spent time on the client side building strategic alliances, Newall has extensive experience in identifying and brokering agreements with best-in-class marketing resources and has leveraged that experience for McKinney to fully manage integrated conversations.
Newall came to McKinney from Publicis, where he worked with a diverse range of clients from Fujifilm Digital Cameras to entertainment giant Vivendi Universal. He was responsible for BMW where he oversaw the creation of their first ever year-end retail event.
Before that, Newall joined SFX Entertainment as VP, Marketing and worked for some of the world's largest marketers such as GM, Visa and American Express to build their business leveraging the power of live entertainment.
Earlier, he helped build Imagitas, a life-stage marketing company that invented an industry and a $100 million business through a unique, public/private business model. For his work helping privatize the change of address program for the USPS, Al Gore presented Newall with the prestigious Hammer Award given to those who have had a significant impact in helping government perform more efficiently.
A native of the U.K., Newall is a graduate of the University of Hertford Business School.
McKinney is an independent advertising agency leading the evolution of the advertising industry in a post-digital world.
Founded in 1969, the Durham, NC-based agency is recognized for having built one of the most innovative business models in the industry, one that blurs the lines between traditional and digital media. As a result, McKinney was named as one of the best agencies in the country by Advertising Age and one of a handful of agencies setting the standard for creativity by ONE Magazine. The agency's clients include Sherwin-Williams, Mizuno USA, GNC, Gold's Gym, Nationwide Insurance, Big Boss Brewing, Lenovo, Meijer, Ruby Tuesday, CenturyLink and Brown-Forman Corporation..
Most recently, the New York American Marketing Association announced McKinney is the top independent agency at the 2012 Effie Awards. The agency ranks fifth overall this year and ninth of 205 winning agencies cumulatively over the full decade that McKinney has been entering the results-based competition.
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