At Rodale, Jeffrey Batzli has been named creative director, trade books, effective Aug. 1.

Gabrielle Gantz joins the Little, Brown publicity department as an online publicity manager. She was previously at Picador.

Matteo Picariello has been named the head of the Italian Trade Commission's Chicago office, replacing Pasquale Bova. Picariello's responsibilities include overseeing the ITC's U.S. publishing task force, which promotes Italian publishers and books.