WASHINGTON — FTI Consulting has appointed Patrick Tucker as a senior managing director and Americas head of the mergers & acquisitions and activism practice. Based in New York, Tucker will be responsible for leading and growing work for clients facing high-stakes transactions and shareholder activism communications challenges. He most recently served as leader of Abernathy McGregor’s M&A and activism practice.

NEW YORK — Forefront has hired Jed Hamilton as senior VP and head of accounts. Hamilton joins the financial communications firm after spending the last two years running his own communications consultancy. He was a managing director at ICR before that.

NASHVILLE, TN — Marketing veteran Knight Stivender has been named a partner at MP&F Strategic Communications. Stivender joined MP&F in 2018 as the firm’s first director of integrated marketing and data analytics. She led a growing team of marketing professionals on behalf of a variety of clients, including Log Still Distillery, Aegis Sciences Corporation, ADS Security, United Way of Middle Tennessee, Solstice Senior Living and the University of Tennessee.

RENO, NV — The Abbi Agency has appointed the agency’s first independent partners: chief strategy officer Connie Anderson; VP of digital strategy Caroline Sexton; and creative director Thaison Kawal. The elevation of these partners signals a new era for the company and a more diverse ownership structure to drive innovative, powerful marketing campaigns and strategic thinking.