MINNEAPOLIS (September 26, 2017) – Padilla announced today that John Himle, founder and CEO of Himle Rapp & Company, Inc., now Rapp Strategies, is joining the agency as executive vice president and senior counsel in early October. Himle is a seasoned public relations practitioner with more than 35 years of experience in strategic counsel, public affairs, enterprise risk management, corporate reputation and crisis management. Himle’s expertise spans several sectors including transportation, financial services, health care, regulated industries, agribusiness, energy and environmental.
“With his experience in corporate strategy, enterprise risk management and public affairs, John will enhance Padilla’s Corporate Practice, which has expertise in investor relations, employee engagement, and crisis and critical issues management,” said Padilla CEO Lynn Casey. “We’re excited to add his knowledge to Padilla’s robust group of talented corporate communications and crisis management professionals who help clients build, grow and protect their brands and reputations.”
First elected in 1980, Himle served five terms as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and held leadership positions including assistant majority leader, floor leader and assistant minority leader. Among his legislative works, Himle was chief author of the legislation that was required to build the Mall of America. Himle also served eight years as a commissioner on the Metropolitan Airports Commission, where he was responsible for overseeing government approvals and construction related to the $3 billion expansion of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP).
Himle founded his original firm in 1982, which became Himle Horner Inc. in 1989 with the partnership of Tom Horner. The firm was rebranded as Himle Rapp & Company, Inc. in 2011, when Himle and Todd Rapp purchased Horner’s interests. Himle recently sold his ownership in Himle Rapp to Todd Rapp and formed Himle LLC where he will continue to serve some select clients and also manage his outside business interests.
“I’m excited to be working with Padilla, which has a stellar reputation in Minnesota and beyond,” Himle said. “I have known and respected Padilla for years, and the opportunity to work with the agency’s talented teams on significant clients and create new services in the corporate space was very appealing.”
Himle also is a corporate independent director of the Kraus Anderson Companies, past-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), and director and past-chairman of the Public Affairs Council in Washington, D.C. Himle has received recognition for his various contributions, and is often asked to speak to business, civic and professional service organizations.
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