MINNEAPOLIS: PadillaCRT has promoted Matt Kucharski to president, succeeding Mark Raper, who is moving into the new role of chief counsel officer.
The appointment is effective immediately.
Lynn Casey will remain in her position as Padilla’s CEO. Both Kucharski and Raper are reporting to Casey.
"[Kucharski] has the enormous respect of colleagues and clients alike around the country," said Casey. "I will depend on him to co-create with me and others our future strategic direction for the firm."
Kucharski has worked at Padilla since 1989 in various positions. Most recently, he served as EVP since 2012. As a member of PadillaCRT’s executive leadership team, he has led the agency’s business-to-business and business-to-consumer practices.
With the promotion, Kucharski is also gaining oversight of Padilla’s health practice.
Kucharski also serves as PadillaCRT liaison to the Worldcom Public Relations Group. He served as Worldcom’s chair from 2010 to 2012.
Kucharski has also spent more than 15 years as an adjunct instructor of marketing and strategic communications at the University of Minnesota.
Last May, PadillaCRT acquired FoodMinds, making the combined company collectively the third-largest food-and-beverage group in the country among independent agencies, with combined revenues of more than $40 million.
Padilla had revenue of nearly $35 million in 2015, up more than 10% over the year prior. Headquartered in Minneapolis, it has offices in New York; Los Angeles; Washington, DC; and Norfolk, Virginia.
This story was updated on February 8 with additional information and quotes from Casey.