MINNEAPOLIS: Lynn Casey has been promoted from COO to CEO of
Padilla Speer Beardsley, succeeding John Beardsley who will continue as
chairman of the board and the firm's executive committee. Casey, 45,
became a VP at the firm in 1987, an SVP in 1997. She was appointed COO
later in 1997 as the first step in a four-year transition into
Beardsley's CEO role.