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WASHINGTON: Kevin Sullivan, most recently SVP of corporate communications and media relations at NBC Universal PR, has been nominated as the next assistant secretary of education for communications and outreach.

WASHINGTON: Kevin Sullivan, most recently SVP of corporate communications and media relations at NBC Universal PR, has been nominated as the next assistant secretary of education for communications and outreach.

WASHINGTON: Juleanna Glover Weiss, former press secretary for Vice President Dick Cheney and current lobbyist with Clark and Weinstock, is joining former Attorney General John Ashcroft at his new consulting firm, The Ashcroft Group. The agency will focus on government relations, business issues, and homeland security.

NEW YORK: Leslee Dart, who recently left a top-level post with PMK/HBH, has brought aboard a trio of partners for her new venture, The Dart Group: Amanda Lundberg and Cynthia Swartz both join from Miramax, while Robert Garlock will leave his job as MD at PMK/HBH New York.

LOS ANGELES: BNC (Bragman Nyman Cafarelli) has re-hired Tammy Golihew to head its TV, home entertainment, and corporate entertainment units. Most recently media relations director at Sony Pictures Television, Golihew will return after leaving the entertainment boutique more than two years ago.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ: Elana Bodner has joined MWW Group as VP for MediaMixx, the agency's radio promotions and broadcast services division. She will work primarily out of the agency's New York City office.

SACRAMENTO: Denise Davis, former chief deputy communications director for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), has joined APCO Worldwide as a VP.

BOSTON: John Smith has joined MS&L as an SVP to direct the healthcare group. He was previously VP of marketing for MedPanel, an online medical market research company, and has also led the health technology practice at Brodeur Worldwide.

WASHINGTON: Spectrum Science Communications has hired social marketing and health communications veteran Jerry Franz as EVP of the firm.

NEW YORK: GS Schwartz & Co., an independent firm, has been hired by Cesar Pelli & Associates, one of the world's leading architecture firms, to coordinate with institutions, municipalities, and other groups to generate exposure for the opening of multiple national projects.

BELLEVUE, WA: T-Mobile USA has named David Beigie VP of corporate communications, a new position. He will oversee all external and internal communications. Prior to T-Mobile, Beigie was VP of corporate communications at garbage-collection and recycling-services company Waste Management.

NEW YORK: AGG International has been hired as a communications advisor in the US by DaimlerChrysler. The assignment marks the first time Daimler has taken on a US firm to handle corporate communications issues for it in the US automotive market, said Mark Binder, senior manager for communications with Daimler in Stuttgart, Germany.

WASHINGTON: The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has named Claudia Peters its VP of communications and marketing. Peters will oversee media and editorial services, creative services, and membership communications. FMI is a trade group for supermarkets.

MINNEAPOLIS: Chris Shea, president of the General Mills Foundation, has taken on the additional role of SVP, external relations. She will assume responsibility for strategic direction of the company's corporate communications and government relations functions while continuing to run the foundation.

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