Lynn Casey

Chair and CEO





In August, Minneapolis PR powerhouse Padilla Speer Beardsley nearly doubled in size when it acquired Virginia-based CRT/Tanaka. It brought together two of the country's most respected PR shops, creating a $30 million firm, with headquarters in Minneapolis. Casey, who'd been Padilla Speer Beardsley's CEO, now runs one of the 10 largest PR firms in the country, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. Expect the "new" agency to pull in more major clients, in addition to current customers such as Cargill and BASF.