Durham-based McKinney, which recently launched a health practice, formally announced Michael McNamara as its managing director. 

McNamara spent seven years as president at Havas Life New York, where his experience included helping launch Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-19 treatment Paxlovid. 

In April, McKinney Health hired Darcy McCarthy, from Juice Pharma, as group client director to help build the practice’s health, wellness and life science business.

In a statement, McNamara cited the traditional silo between world-class creative and traditional life science marketing. The health practice, he said, will tap top talent across McKinney’s offices.