5/24/16

Lynn Casey is a Top 10 Most Admired CEO Award Winner

MINNEAPOLIS (May 24, 2016) – Lynn Casey, Padilla CEO, has been honored by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as part of its inaugural class of Most Admired CEOs. Out of 100 nominations received, 10 metro-area leaders were chosen based on their businesses’ track record of success, and their outstanding contributions to their industry and their community.

As CEO of one of the top 10 independent public relations and communications companies in the country, Lynn leads more than 200 employee owners in Minneapolis; New York; Richmond, Virginia; Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. She has helped transform the 100 percent employee-owned agency into a full-fledged integrated communications company with roots in public relations. In 2013, she dramatically increased the company’s size and scale by acquiring Richmond, Virginia-based CRT/tanaka. In 2015, the company's acquisition of a brand strategy firm, Joe Smith Brand Consultancy, further enhanced the agency's strategic offerings.

"Maintaining an employee-centric culture and a collaborative, community-minded spirit is key to our success," Casey said. "I have the privilege of working with an amazing group of employee owners at Padilla, and I am honored to be in the company of my fellow nominees who make the Twin Cities a great place to live and work."

Lynn chairs the Greater Twin Cities United Way board of directors, and serves as secretary of the University of Minnesota Foundation. Lynn was named Woman Business Executive of the Year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2011, inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in 2011, and inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame in 2014. She’s the recent recipient of the Entrepreneur Alumna Award from the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business in 2015.

About Padilla

Padilla is a top 10 independent public relations and communications company comprised of 240 employee owners. Padilla builds, grows and protects brands worldwide by creating purposeful connections with the people who matter most through public relations, advertising, digital and social marketing, investor relations and brand strategy. Padilla includes the brand consultancy of Joe Smith, the food and nutrition experts at FoodMinds and the research authorities at SMS. Clients include 3M, Barnes & Noble Education, BASF, Bayer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, GE, Hass Avocado Board, Land O’Lakes, Mayo Clinic, Prosciutto di Parma, Rockwell Automation, U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, the Virginia Lottery, Welch’s and Xcel Energy. Padilla is a founding member of The Worldcom Public Relations Group, a partnership of 143 independently owned partner offices in 115 cities on six continents. Make a connection at PadillaCo.com.

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