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WASHINGTON DC: The 9/11 Commission Report called on Congress to increase funding for new US overseas broadcasting efforts such as Radio Sawa, Radio Farda, and Alhurra.

WASHINGTON DC: The 9/11 Commission Report called on Congress to increase funding for new US overseas broadcasting efforts such as Radio Sawa, Radio Farda, and Alhurra.

"We believe that the people of the Middle East and elsewhere are best served by providing them the truth," read the report. "That's what our broadcasting does." Voice of America staffers, however, recently sent a petition to Congress complaining that such efforts lack editorial independence from the government. (See PRWeek, July 26)

SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES: Clay Hausmann, MD of Ogilvy PR's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, has left the agency. Ogilvy declined to comment on Hausmann's departure. Ogilvy named Margaret Gifford, SVP and tech practice group director in those offices, as interim MD. In September, Michael Law will take over as MD of those offices. Law is currently the agency's president of Southeast Asia, based in Singapore. Ogilvy named Hausmann MD in September 2002.

NEW YORK: The Brunswick Group has provided PR counsel for two IPOs and two deals over the past month. The firm advised directory business Dex Media in its $1 billion initial offering and Collegiate Funding Services, an education-finance company, in its $150 million IPO. Brunswick represented Mylan Laboratories in its $4 billion purchase of King Pharmaceuticals. It also advised both buyer and seller when Banco Santander purchased British bank Abbey National for $16 billion.

SAN FRANCISCO: Dee Anna McPherson has joined the Horn Group's Bay Area office as a principal, leading that office in client service, business development, and operations. McPherson had been an SVP and tech practice group director in Ogilvy PR's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Before that, she was director of global PR at PeopleSoft. McPherson has also worked at Golin Harris and Edelman.

WASHINGTON, DC: Raul E. Cisneros has been appointed as the new director of communications for the United States Small Business Administration. Prior to joining the SBA as assistant administrator for public communications in 2001, Cisneros served in a number of capacities in the California state government.

SAN JOSE, CA: Micrel Semiconductor has named Julieanne DiBene as director of corporate communications. Prior to Micrel, DiBene was director of corporate communications at Windbond Electronics. She has also worked at SGI and Unisys. Search firm VPofMarketing.com placed DiBene at Micrel.

FORT LAUDERDALE: Citrix Systems has named A&R Partners as its new PR agency. Citrix's technology allows users to access desktop applications from servers.

RESTON, VA: Software AG has chosen FitzGerald Communications as its agency of record. The company's software helps integrate applications and systems.

HOUSTON: Sterling Construction Company has retained The Equity Group to provide IR services.

RACINE, WI: Modine Manufacturing Company has hired David A. Prichard for its newly created position of director of IR and corporate communications. Prichard had been VP of IR and corporate relations at IMC Global Inc. in Lake Forest, IL.

SAN FRANCISCO: Ben Drew has joined MS&L's Bay Area office as VP of corporate and public affairs. He will manage the San Francisco office's corporate and public affairs teams and will lead several accounts. Drew began working with MS&L as a consultant in October 2003. Prior to that, he was a consultant with ChevronTexaco's public affairs department.

ATLANTA: Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals is working with Duffey Communications and the National Kidney Foundation on a series of educational and inspirational conferences targeting patients with end-stage kidney disease. The 19-city People! Possibilities! Power! campaign is part of an ongoing patient-outreach effort.

NEW YORK: Rubenstein Public Relations has added several new clients to its roster: One Carnegie Hill, a 41-story luxury rental and condominium tower currently under construction; Seth Weinstein/Hannah Real Estate Investors; producer Larry Thompson; Al Tapper, a writer, composer, lyricist, and investment banker; Seth Riggs, the vocal coach responsible for Madonna and Stevie Wonder; Trump World, a Donald Trump's new bimonthly lifestyle magazine; AdFleet Advertising U.S., a company that markets wheel-cover advertising technology; and BLVD, a venue in Manhattan's Lower East Side.

PORTLAND, OR: Gary Rubin has joined Warn Industries as public relations manager. Rubin will head up marketing communications and media relations for the off-road products maker. He was previously with Western Wood Products Association.

NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA: SAP has named Mary Arnold as VP of government relations. Arnold, who reports to SVP of PR Chris Sorek, will oversee strategic development and management of government relations programs at the federal and state levels. Most recently she was VP of congressional affairs and federal government affairs at AT&T.

SAN FRANCISCO: Shift Communications has added three new clients: Preventys, Vernier Networks, and Reprise Media.

MCLEAN, CA: The SheaHedges Group has added five new clients: the Arlington Economic Development Department, Ascend Therapeutics, InphoMatch, Internosis, and Oblicore.

NEW YORK: Andy Morris & Company has signed Music Choice, the music television network, to its client roster, along with Classic Media, the owner of characters including Rocky & Bullwinkle, Rudolph, and Lassie.

HILLSIDE, NJ: GlowPoint, a video-communications service provider, has hired the Aurelius Consulting Group to manage its institutional and retail investor relations programs.

ATLANTA: Red Nine PR, a start-up PR agency, has added Compliance 360 to its stable of software clients.

WOBURN, MA: Netspoke has named Beaupre & Company as its corporate agency of record. Beaupre will focus on building awareness for the company, which provides integrated web and audio conferencing services.

CLARIFICATION: The PRWeek Global Report should have stated that GCI Group in Europe employs 420 people. The information was not supplied for the report.

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