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NEW YORK: The Weiser Group has reinforced its staff with the hiring of two senior-level counselors, George Zouvelos and Emily Mendell. Zouvelos, a former spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney who joins the firm from Neale-May & Partners' NY office, becomes a director and co-leader of Weiser's media relations service area.

NEW YORK: The Weiser Group has reinforced its staff with the hiring of two senior-level counselors, George Zouvelos and Emily Mendell. Zouvelos, a former spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney who joins the firm from Neale-May & Partners' NY office, becomes a director and co-leader of Weiser's media relations service area. Mendell, most recently a manager of planning and communications at Integrion Financial Network, will serve as senior counsel.

PROVIDENCE, RI: Global giant Textron has named Cate Roberts as director of community affairs, a post in which she will oversee the company's charitable contributions, corporate philanthropy and community involvement. Roberts replaces Don McGrath, who took a post as director of media relations at Rockwell International.

NEW YORK: Dan Klores Associates has brought Robert Leonard on board as an SVP. Leonard, who arrives after a media relations stint at Con Ed, will work with DKA partner Sean Cassidy on healthcare, labor and new-media clients. He has previously held communication posts with several City of New York agencies, including the mayor's press office, the fire department and the department of transportation.

NEW YORK: Ernst & Young has promoted John Patterson to assistant director of PR in the company's national marketing group. Before joining the firm last August, he spent five years in Burson-Marsteller's marketing practice.

CAMBRIDGE, MA: Art Technology Group has named Ian Reid as VP of marketing. Reid, who fills a post that has been vacant for more than a year, was previously an independent Internet marketing consultant.

NEW YORK: Ogilvy has hired Peter Steinberg and Pablo Colon away from, respectively, Stratis-KPR and the Gay Men's Health Crisis. Steinberg will manage communications programs for Amgen, while Colon will lead third-party and community relations for Glaxo Wellcome's HIV franchise. Ogilvy has also relaunched its Web site, www.ogilvypr.com, with features geared toward staff recruitment.

KANSAS CITY, MO: Media specialist Ink has picked up five new accounts: building supplier Butler Manufacturing (for a 100th-anniversary promotion), high-end speaker company Martin-Logan, portal provider Panagon eSolutions, telephony start-up Sound Advantage and FileNET Europe.

CHICAGO: Hill & Knowlton has added responsibility for its worldwide corporate practice to the slate of US corporate practice chief Harlan Teller. He will continue to be based in Chicago and will report directly to H&K worldwide chairman and CEO Howard Paster.

DALLAS: Two Texas start-ups have chosen Ketchum as their agency of record: enfiNET, an Austin company developing technology to play digital audio and video across various platforms, and Springbow, an e-commerce consulting firm for small- to mid-sized businesses.

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