Following a year-long search, Girls Inc. of NH named Sharron McCarthy, president and publisher of McLean Communications, as its new CEO. She will officially assume the role on Jan. 6, 2020. McCarthy, who has served on the Girls Inc. of NH Board for three years and chaired the marketing committee, will replace Cathy Duffy Cullity, who is retiring in January after leading the organization for 23 years.
"Cathy has sparked tremendous growth at Girls Inc. in her 23 years at the organization, and we will all challenge ourselves to live up to her lasting legacy,” says Nicole Jambard, board chair of Girls Inc. of NH. “Sharron’s passion, business acumen and leadership skills really set her apart from others considered for the position, and make her the perfect fit to step into the role, which Cathy really defined over the years.”
Under Duffy Cullity's leadership, Girls Inc. of NH expanded its reach, growing from one center in Nashua serving 40 girls a day to year-round centers in Nashua and Manchester with programs in more than 40 schools, serving 2,000 girls annually.
“After having the honor of being the CEO of Girls Inc. of New Hampshire for 23 years, I am thrilled to have someone who is as passionate as I am about the organization’s mission take on the role,” Duffy Cullity says.
For more than 20 years, McCarthy has served as the publisher and president of McLean Communications, which owns "New Hampshire Magazine," "NH Business Review," "New Hampshire Home," "Bride" and "Parenting NH." In a letter to clients, McCarthy states that Jamie Trowbridge, the CEO of Yankee Publishing, McLean Communications' parent company, is actively searching for her replacement.
“Becoming CEO of Girls Inc. of New Hampshire is an exciting, purposeful career change. I am deeply committed to its mission of empowering girls in the Granite State to become their personal best by adopting the Strong, Smart and Bold mantra,” McCarthy says. “I will utilize my leadership skills and passion to continue Girls Inc.’s growth and increase its visibility and support across the state. I have long admired Cathy, so it’s truly an honor to receive the baton from her. I’m excited and energized to start 2020 in this new role.”
Girls Inc. of NH is a nonprofit organization for girls ages 5 to 18 that inspires all girls to be strong (through healthy living), smart (through education), and bold (through independence).