MINNEAPOLIS—Julie Batliner has been named managing director of Carmichael Lynch Spong, assuming day-to-day operational responsibility for the public relations firm’s clients and staff in New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and its Minneapolis headquarters. Prior to her promotion, Batliner served as the firm’s chief client relations officer.
Batliner joined Carmichael Lynch Spong five years ago from Fleishman-Hillard, where she served as senior vice president. Since then, she has led a number of key client teams. Her promotion is part of a succession plan that has been in progress for the past 18 months after founder Doug Spong assumed added responsibility as president of parent agency Carmichael Lynch.
Batliner will continue to report to Spong, who now serves as president of the entire 200-person creative agency as part of a new leadership structure designed to foster collaboration across all disciplines.
Kelly Thompson has been promoted to director of brand planning, partner at Carmichael Lynch. She joined the agency in 2008 and has served as group planning director for clients Calphalon, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky and Seventh Generation. In her new role, Thompson is challenged with leading a department of account planners and research professionals; developing strategies for positioning client brands; and ensuring clients’ brands are positioned to be highly relevant to consumers and poised for growth.