Liz Paradise named EVP - McKinney

Liz Paradise named EVP

September 27, 2011

Talent management director Lea Daughtridge Wharton and senior broadcast producer Naomi Newman named senior vice presidents

McKinney announced today that Liz Paradise has been elected to executive vice president/group creative director. Joining McKinney as copywriter, Paradise was named group creative director in 1997 and senior vice president in 2004.

“Everything Liz touches has her ‘personal best’ stamp written all over it,” said Jonathan Cude, chief creative officer. “She’s known for her persistence and resilience and it shows in campaigns such as The Unstoppable Tour for EAS Sports Nutrition, The World’s Greatest Spokesperson in the World for Nationwide Insurance and the Duel for Polaris Industries where she was also the agency authority on power sports, ATVs, snowmobiles and Victory Motorcycles. Beyond sheer creative talent, Liz has developed as a powerful leader who encourages everyone on her teams to kick some butt. And we do.”

Her work has been recognized by D&AD, Effie, the One Show, One Show Interactive, Communication Arts, Communication Arts Design, CLIO Awards, O’Toole Awards, Creative Media Awards and MIXX Awards. Brands Liz has worked on include Audi, Nasdaq, Select Comfort, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Aetna, Lands’ End and Coldwell Banker. Currently, she directs EAS, Nationwide Insurance and Radio Flyer.

Lea Daughtridge Wharton Lea Daughtridge Wharton has been named senior vice president. She joined McKinney in 2003 as director of human resources from Publicis NY. She was named vice president in 2004. In 2010, her title was changed to director of talent management, recognizing her proactive leadership of the agency’s rechristened Talent Management Group . “Lea manages one of the best teams in the agency,” said Joni Madison, chief operating officer. “In addition to contributions within her own department, Lea’s collaboration, counsel, guidance and coaching have helped managers and employees alike become stronger team players at McKinney.”

Under Lea’s leadership, Advertising Age named McKinney one of The Best Places to Work in Marketing and Media in 2010. The agency is also a three-time winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

A native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Lea is a graduate of Salem College with a B.A. in English and mass communications.

Naomi Newman Naomi Newman has been elected senior vice president.

She joined McKinney in 2002 as senior producer from HBO, where she was a supervising producer for HBO Interstitial Programming. Among her more enriching assignments there, one was to produce HBO’s “Band of Brothers,” traveling to Normandy to interview 54 World War II veterans. Newman was named vice president in 2006.

“In her nine years here, she has made countless contributions to the quality of our work and the strength of our client relationships,” said Cude. “She is simply a force of nature and can do anything, including throwing a laptop out of a plane to celebrate our new Boot or Bust campaign for Lenovo. It’s just the kind of challenge she thrives on as she proves to be the ultimate support system to creative. She is truly inspiring and someone we all learn from every day.”

A native of New York, Newman is a graduate of Columbia University with a B.S. in Psychology.