MINNEAPOLIS—Julie Batliner has been named president of creative agency Carmichael Lynch. Batliner will continue in her current role as president of PR firm Carmichael Lynch Relate as well. Leading both agencies, Batliner will provide clients with a fully integrated offering.

WASHINGTON, DC—Rasky Partners has added Jessica Tocco to the firm’s government relations team in Washington, DC, as a senior vice president. An Indiana native, Tocco enjoys a longstanding political relationship with Vice President Mike Pence and his team. Prior to joining Rasky, Tocco volunteered on the Trump/Pence Presidential transition team. She previously served as director of the US Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam and director of the Asia Pacific Counsel of American Chambers.

NEW YORK—Finsbury has promoted Sara Evans to partner in the company’s growing capital markets and transaction communications practice in the United States. Evans advises clients on strategic corporate and financial communications, including high profile transactions, shareholder activism, management transitions, corporate governance matters and legal and regulatory affairs. She joined Finsbury in London in 2011, having previously worked in corporate communications at Lloyds Banking Group.

NEW YORK—DJ Hardy, most recently associate vice president with HL Group, has been named vice president of media services at M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment, where he will be spearheading media relations strategy for clients including Reebok and Redbull.

NEW YORK—Actual, A San Francisco-based integrated agency focusing on consumer and enterprise technology clients has hired former AccessEmanate executive VP and GM Brian Regan as a partner. Regan will be based in New York. He previously served as GM of Access’ New York office for 10 years and established its Studio offering, integrating its creative, digital, content and analytics expertise.