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SANTA MONICA, CA: Jon Riffel, 1971 president of the Public Relations Society of America and founder of the organization's student society, PRSSA, died August 24 at Santa Monica (CA) Hospital.

SANTA MONICA, CA: Jon Riffel, 1971 president of the Public Relations Society of America and founder of the organization's student society, PRSSA, died August 24 at Santa Monica (CA) Hospital.

Riffel, a retired PR executive with the Southern California Gas Company who helped launch the US Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program, was 84.

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL: Jim Beam Brands Worldwide has appointed Chris Swonger as SVP of corporate affairs. Swonger, who will promote and represent the company's global interests on all public policy and industry trade-relations matters, joins from Allied Domecq, North America where he was SVP of corporate affairs.

DES MOINES, IA: The Integer Group has named Nancy Hood as VP, director of PR. Hood was previously VP of GCI Group in Atlanta.

IRVING, TX: Nokia has selected Access Communications to promote its SNAP mobile service. The service will create an online community for people who play video games on mobile devices. SNAP, which Nokia will sell to wireless and mobile service providers, is being touted to the mobile content media, the video-game media, and the mainstream business and technology media.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA: Michael Diamond has joined Edelman's Silicon Valley office as an SVP, leading its newly formed corporate and public affairs group. He joins from Blanc & Otus, where he was a VP. Before B&O, Diamond was communications director to Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND). He also served as press secretary for Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA).

NEW YORK: Greg Dvorken has joined FitzGerald Communications as an SVP and GM of the agency's New York office. Previously, Dvorken ran his own PR and communications consultancy, Greg Dvorken Communications. He has also been director of corporate PR for KPMG. He replaces Lisa Cradit, who has joined Financial Dynamics.

CHICAGO: Marcy Dockery has joined Burson-Marsteller as a director in its US tech practice. Reporting to global tech practice chairwoman Jennifer Graham, Dockery will manage the CDW and SRI International accounts. Dockery was previously a PR consultant in Silicon Valley. She has also worked for AirFlash as communications director.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA: E-HealthInsurance has chosen the Robertson Schwartz Agency to provide PR and marketing services. The company provides health insurance for individuals, families, and small businesses.

NEW YORK: Abacus, the data solutions division of DoubleClick, has hired Ogilvy PR as its agency. Ogilvy will promote the expanded services of the division, which provides data management and analytical services for direct marketers.

SAN FRANCISCO: Ezboard has picked Citigate Cunningham as its new agency. The company runs an online community network, allowing people with similar interests to connect online.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ: WithumSmith & Brown Global Assurance, which provides Sarbanes-Oxley and other compliance-related services, has retained Keating & Co., a strategic communications firm.

WALTHAM, MA: Schwartz Communications has signed eight clients in the technology, medical technology, and biotech markets. Schwartz's Boston office will manage accounts for Layton Technology, Nanosphere, and Spryance, while the San Francisco office will handle accounts for iRadeon, Jaluna, Lockdown Networks, Pavilion Technologies, and Redwood Sleep Center.

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