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CHICAGO: Hill & Knowlton has made three new hires: Ken Chitester joins as VP and deputy director, Midwest public affairs; Patrick Dorinson joins as SVP in the public affairs practice; and Mike Breslin has become the GM of H&K Houston.

CHICAGO: Hill & Knowlton has made three new hires: Ken Chitester joins as VP and deputy director, Midwest public affairs; Patrick Dorinson joins as SVP in the public affairs practice; and Mike Breslin has become the GM of H&K Houston.

NEW YORK: Nordstrom has named Alison Brod Public Relations the first firm for its cosmetics division, which includes retail stores, online, and Spa Nordstrom.

WASHINGTON: Rosanna Maietta has left her position as Newsweek's Washington media relations manager to become a VP in Fleishman-Hillard's social marketing group. She will work on media relations for the Office of National Drug Control Policy account.

NEW YORK: Mercer Human Resource Consulting has named Charles Salmans global director of PR, a new position. He joins Mercer after eight years as SVP at Bank of America and Fleet Boston.

LOS ANGELES: Market Wire has launched Easy IR Workflow Solution. Among the product's capabilities are earnings release distribution, EDGAR filing, managing online press libraries, and creating customizable news feeds.

WASHINGTON: Qorvis Communications has been named AOR for Operation HOPE, a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing economic revitalization to America's inner-city communities. The organization also offers financial literacy programs to underserved communities throughout the country.

NEW YORK: Ketchum has launched a new service, Ketchum Personalized Media, to help clients understand and use emerging media tools such as blogs, podcasts, RSS, and other online options. Paul Rand, a Ketchum partner in Chicago, will be a leader of the new service.

ST. LOUIS: Ocean Nutrition Canada has selected Kupper Parker Communications to handle media relations and strategic communications. Ocean Nutrition provides ingredients such as Omega-3 concentrates for dietary supplements and functional foods.

SACRAMENTO: Cassandra Pye is joining APCO Worldwide as an SVP in July. Pye was former deputy chief of staff for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA). She has also worked for the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Retailers Association, and the California Grocers Association. Schwarzenegger's former chief deputy communications director, Denise Davis, joined APCO in May.

WATERTOWN, MA: Cymfony has partnered with Moreover Technologies, provider of aggregated online news and blog content. The agreement allows Cymfony to fuel its applications Cymfony Dashboard and Digital Consumer Insight with real-time information.

SANTA CLARA, CA: Jennifer Keavney, VP of corporate communications at McAfee, has left the company after eight years. The $938 million security-software company is currently searching for her replacement.

SAN FRANCISCO: The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco has selected Financial Dynamics as its agency, working with FD's DC office. The San Francisco branch is the largest of the federally backed lending institutions that make up the national Federal Home Loan Bank system.

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