DURHAM – McKinney has its first president since 2018 – and the executive is a familiar leader: Gretchen Walsh, who has been the creative, media and influencer agency’s chief client officer.

McKinney announced her promotion on Thursday. She reports to McKinney CEO Joe Maglio.

“Gretchen has been a key leader at McKinney since I’ve known her, and a critical partner to our clients for years before I arrived,” Maglio said in the announcement. “She has been directly responsible for our largest client partnerships and new business wins, particularly over the last two years in her role as chief client officer. Gretchen embodies McKinney’s mantra of Smarts & Hearts in every way. Her business and operational intelligence ensures that we’re consistently a critical client partner, and her focus on the growth of our employees is unparalleled. Gretchen has a unique combination of skills that balances McKinney as a place for both her clients and her coworkers to flourish.”

McKinney noted that Walsh “has been instrumental in McKinney’s rapid growth over the past four years, most recently with Blue Diamond Growers, Puma Running and Popeyes, and a little further back with Little Caesars, as well as the acquisition of influencer agency August United.”