Maria McHughFounder Maria McHugh is a world-class strategist, having honed her skills at some of the world’s best advertising agencies, in the discipline of strategic planning.

The first 12 years of Maria’s career were spent at agencies in the UK, including Still Price Lintas and BBH.

The next 11 were spent in the United States, working for Fallon New York and Y&R New York where, as EVP of the Brand Planning department she oversaw 20 brand, communication and digital planners.

In 2010 Maria moved to London to work for Y&R RKCR as a global planning director. This role involved trouble-shooting and pitching new business with their Western and Eastern European offices.

Maria was selected as one of the first eight women across the WPP group to attend their X-Factor residential course in 2009, a senior management mentoring and development program for women executives.

With dual British and US citizenship, Maria ensures McQ Thinking is a true NY-LON, consultancy, working regularly between New York and London.