12/19/19

Padilla Announces Agency Promotions

MINNEAPOLIS (December 19, 2019) – Padilla today recognized 17 employees across several of its industry and functional groups for their contributions at Padilla and its divisions.

Richmond, Va.

Samantha Strader was promoted from account supervisor to director in Padilla’s Corporate Communication Practice. She leads strategic communication for Dominion Energy and helps manage accounts for Barnes & Noble College and Virginia Wine.

Blaine Lay was promoted from brand manager to senior brand manager at Joe Smith, a division of Padilla focused on brand consulting, innovation and design.

Perry Lowder was promoted from brand strategist to senior brand strategist at Joe Smith.

Kathryn Canning, account supervisor in Padilla’s Corporate Communication Practice, was named digital strategist in Padilla’s Digital Group. She will transition from an account service role to the digital team, focusing more on digital measurement and strategy, reporting to the agency’s senior director of digital growth.

Denise Grega was promoted from senior account executive to account supervisor in Padilla’s Corporate Communication Practice.

Ali Hutcheson was promoted from account executive to senior account executive in Padilla’s Social Media and Digital Group.

Minneapolis

Tracey Mercil was promoted from senior integrated producer to director of integrated production in Padilla’s Creative and Digital Group.

Jolleen Vasile was promoted from senior production artist to production designer in Padilla’s Creative and Digital Group.

Leanne Stacey was promoted from project manager to senior project manager at SMS Research Advisors, a division of Padilla focused on market research.

Nate Gilbraith was promoted from account executive to senior account executive in Padilla’s Health Practice.

Kenny Devine was promoted from account executive to senior account executive in Padilla’s Minnesota Practice.

Hannah Johnson was promoted from assistant account executive to account executive in Padilla’s Health Practice.

Kasey Heath was promoted from assistant account executive to account executive in Padilla’s Environmental Sciences Practice.

Paxton Alto was promoted from assistant account executive to account executive in Padilla’s Environmental Sciences Practice.

Chicago

Rebecka Palmquist was promoted from analyst to senior analyst at FoodMinds, a division of Padilla focused on food and nutrition affairs, consulting and communication.

New York

Rachel Nugent was promoted from senior account executive to account supervisor in Padilla’s Food, Beverage and Nutrition Practice.

Emma Bond was promoted from assistant account executive to account executive in Padilla’s Food, Beverage and Nutrition Practice.

About Padilla

Padilla is an independently operated, globally resourced public relations and communication company with offices across the United States. The agency builds, grows and protects brands and reputations 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 Research Advisors. Clients include 3M, Avocados from Mexico, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Mayo Clinic, Polaris, Prosciutto di Parma, Rockwell Automation, Sanofi Pasteur, U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council and Welch’s. Padilla is an AVENIR GLOBAL company and is a founding member of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, a partnership of 132 independently owned partner offices in 115 cities on six continents. Connect with purpose at PadillaCo.com.

Media contact: Julie.Behr@PadillaCo.com