Padilla announces fourteen U.S. agency promotions

(Padilla’s Leah Kondes)

Padilla has announced the promotion of 14 of the agency’s team members who have performed extremely well in their current roles, and have demonstrated the ability to excel in their new positions helping clients build, grow and protect brands and reputations. 

“We’re excited to recognize the accomplishments of colleagues at Padilla and FoodMinds, Joe Smith and SMS Research divisions,” said Matt Kucharski, president, Padilla. “These appointments reflect expertise in helping our client partners succeed and in making positive contributions to our company’s culture.” 

One of the lucky fourteen includes Leah Kondes who works out of the Minneapolis office.  She was promoted from account supervisor to director in Padilla’s Corporate Advisory Group. 

Kondes will now manage client partnerships with Meda (Metropolitan Economic Development Association) and The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. 

Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Reilly was promoted from director to senior director at FoodMinds, a division of Padilla focused on food and nutrition affairs, consulting and communications. She is a subject matter expert in global, sustainable food systems and manages client accounts including Dairy Management Inc. and a global sustainable aquaculture alliance. She is a founding member of the agency’s Diversity + Inclusion Council.  

Richmond, Va. 

Kathryn Canning was promoted from digital strategist to senior digital strategist in Padilla’s Creative and Digital Group. She plays a key role in developing and implementing clients’ website strategies to establish information architecture, content strategies and user journeys rooted in research. She executes strategic, data-driven integrated programs that support online goals for clients like the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.  

Lauren Llewellyn was promoted from account supervisor to director in Padilla’s Corporate Advisory Group. She provides strategic brand management and internal communications expertise for Winnebago Industries, among other client partners. 

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



Minneapolis  

Kyle Kapustka was promoted from senior account executive to account supervisor in Padilla’s Agriculture + Environmental Sciences Practice. 

Julie Behr was promoted from marketing manager to senior marketing manager in Padilla’s Agency Marketing and Promotion Group.  

Olivia Decelles was promoted from associate producer to producer in Padilla’s Creative and Digital Group.  

Jack Parker was promoted from project coordinator to senior project coordinator at SMS Research Advisors, a division of Padilla focused on market research. 

Chicago 

Moira Allison, MBA, RDN, was promoted from senior account executive to account supervisor at FoodMinds.  

Maura Killian, RDN, was promoted from account executive to senior account executive at FoodMinds.  

San Francisco 

Carla Curle, MS, was promoted from account executive to senior account executive at FoodMinds.  

New York 

Caroline Seelen was promoted from account executive to senior account executive in Padilla’s Food, Beverage and Nutrition Practice.  

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

Reel 360 wishes Leah and everyone else on the Padilla team success in their new roles.

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