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TAMPA, FL: Hill & Knowlton Tampa has hired Leo Bottary as SVP in the corporate practice. Bottary joins H&K from St. John & Partners Advertising & Public Relations, where he served as PR director.

TAMPA, FL: Hill & Knowlton Tampa has hired Leo Bottary as SVP in the corporate practice. Bottary joins H&K from St. John & Partners Advertising & Public Relations, where he served as PR director.

PHILADELPHIA: Vox Medica, an independent healthcare marcomms company, has hired Jeffrey Stein as VP, Institute for Continuing Healthcare Education. Prior to joining, Stein worked at Wolters Kluwer Health, focusing on publication planning and medical education.

LOS ANGELES: TV network TLC has named PR/marketing consulting shop JS2 Communications its AOR.

NEW YORK: Christine Brown has been promoted to SVP and director of corporate communications at Grey Global Group, where she will head up all corporate communications, including media relations, executive speechwriting, and all online and printed communications. She has worked for Grey in corporate communications since 1983 and, as VP/director, was the second highest-ranking communications officer.

SAN FRANCISCO: Fleishman-Hillard has named SVP Kevin McGuirk as co-chairman of its tech practice. McGuirk joined Fleishman in October, having previously served as VP of corporate communications at BEA Systems. The practice's other co-chairman is Robert Hallman, who works in Fleishman's New York office.

SAN JOSE, CA: The San Jose Skyrockets, a new team in the American Basketball Association, has chosen Reverb Communications as its AOR. Reverb will help introduce the new club, which will make its debut in the fall.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ: Connell Foley, a full-service law firm with offices in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, has hired Keating & Co. to provide PR counsel.

SEATTLE: Laura Query has joined APCO Worldwide's Seattle office as a manager. Previously, she was Group Health Cooperative's media relations coordinator.

NEW YORK: Rubenstein Public Relations has hired Harrison Wise as VP. He joins from Trylon Communications, where he served in various executive positions for six years, most recently as an account director.

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