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Friday, October 21, 2011

Padilla Speer Beardsley promotes five

Five account leaders who have been instrumental in helping Padilla Speer Beardsley grow its business-to-business and corporate communications client roster were recently promoted. Padilla, an integrated communications firm with offices in Minneapolis and New York City, serves a broad range of clients across a variety of industries.
Chris Higgins, senior director, leads integrated communications programs for several divisions of BASF, the world’s largest chemical company.  Higgins, who also serves on the board of directors for Friends of the Mississippi, joined Padilla in 1997.
Senior Director Matt Sullivan joined Padilla’s corporate and investor relations team in 1998. Most recently, he has managed work for Minneapolis-based Allianz Life and Chicago-based Grant Thornton. Sullivan also is a crisis communications specialist for companies across several industries. 
Senior Director Dave Heinsch manages corporate and investor relations work for clients across a diversified client base, including Minneapolis-based The Mosaic Company, St. Paul-based Transamerica Retirement Management, Fergus Falls, Minn.-based Otter Tail Corporation and Eden Prairie, Minn.-based MTS Systems Corporation. Heinsch serves on the board of the Upper Midwest Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association. He also is a crisis communications specialist for companies across several industries. Heinsch joined the firm in 2000.
Director Danielle Engholm manages public relations work for Milwaukee-based Rockwell Automation and Minneapolis-based Cargill Food Ingredient Systems.  Engholm also is an active member of the Minnesota High Tech Association. She joined the firm in 1997.
Director Heidi Wight joined Padilla in 1993 in the manufacturing and technology practices where today she manages work for Rockwell Automation and has led programs for St. Paul-based 3M. Wight was a founding member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Business Marketing Association and serves on its board.