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NEW YORK: EVP Jeannette M. Boccini has been named principal of LVM Group, a full-service PR, investor relations, and marketing communications firm. She previously served as director of corporate communications and marketing at Sonnenblick-Goldman C

NEW YORK: EVP Jeannette M. Boccini has been named principal of LVM Group, a full-service PR, investor relations, and marketing communications firm. She previously served as director of corporate communications and marketing at Sonnenblick-Goldman C

WASHINGTON: The Environmental Protection Agency has moved to an online bidding process, or e-Buy, for its coveted Energy Star account. With e-Buy, agencies submit quotes and other materials online, where they can be viewed by procurement officers. The bidders cannot see the quotes posted by other agencies. Hill & Knowlton and PRR are the incumbent agencies on the account, which is undergoing a five-year review.

LONDON and NEW YORK: Financial Dynamics has entered into a joint venture with Vaishnavi Corporate Communications. The agreement, which follows a working relationship built between the two consultancies during the past 18 months, will enable FD and Vaishnavi to jointly service clients requiring support outside their domestic markets and to target new business.

WASHINGTON: Randy DeCleene, former deputy press secretary to VP Dick Cheney, and Elizabeth Straub, former speechwriter to first lady Laura Bush, have joined Ogilvy PR Worldwide's DC office as account directors.

RALEIGH, NC: French West Vaughan, Fetzer Stephens, and Campaign Connections have formed a strategic alliance designed to help the three firms collaboratively pursue and service local, state, and federal PR, public affairs, grassroots advocacy, and marketing services contract work, as well as certain private sector assignments.

WASHINGTON: Kerri Glover, founder and former director of Ogilvy's Washington office, has become the new general manager of FitzGerald Communications' DC outpost. She also was previously a VP at Widmeyer Communications and ran her own consulting business.

NEW YORK: Marta Tellado has been hired as VP of communications at the Ford Foundation. Previously, Tellado served as VP of communications at the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, DC. Heyman Associates was responsible for the placement.

PARIS: Publicis Groupe has appointed John Rossant VP in charge of communications and public affairs. Formerly, Rossant was in charge of the European editorial operations of BusinessWeek.

ST. LOUIS, MO: Savvis Communications has named Ricochet PR as its AOR. Ricochet will focus on media relations, messaging development, and thought leadership for Savvis, which provides web hosting and internet-connectivity services.

HOLLYWOOD, FL: Fish Consulting, a full-service communications consulting firm, has expanded its client list to include FIND/SVP, which marks the agency's fifth national account win since opening in October of 2004.

BOSTON, MA: Greenough Communications has been named AOR of Day, Berry & Howard LLP, a regional law firm based in Hartford, CT.

HOUSTON: Stevens/FKM, the PR arm of independent marketing communications agency Fogarty Klein Monroe, has been named AOR for four new clients: CorVirtus, Everest Funeral Package, The Inn at Dos Brisas, and Irvine Team.

NEW YORK: Burson-Marsteller has added Wakefield, MA-based Keurig to its client roster. Keurig Premium Coffee Systems is an industry leader in single-cup coffee brewing technology in the US.

NASHVILLE, TN: Integrity Publishers has named LaVenia J. LaVelle as its new director of PR. Most recently she served as the PR manager for Zondervan and its Zonderkidz and Inspirio products.

WASHINGTON: Former journalist Matt Landin has been appointed VP at The Aker Partners. Landin most recently worked as an editor at the German Press Agency in Washington.

NEW YORK: Lifestyle advertising and PR firm Gale Group has signed Ahava Skincare as a new client.

SAN FRANCISCO: Nicole Russell Didda, EVP and GM of Edelman's San Francisco office, has left the agency to join Mercer Delta Consulting - a change management firm - as a partner. Prior to joining Edelman three years ago, Russell Didda worked for FitzGerald Communications. She has also worked for Hill & Knowlton, Fleishman-Hillard, and Burson-Marsteller. Edelman is currently looking for her replacement.

OAKLAND, CA: Gourmet, high-end meat company Niman Ranch has hired San Francisco-based Glodow Nead Communications as its AOR. Niman Ranch did not previously work with an agency. CEO Rob Hurlbut said as the company has grown, it needed to have more consistent messaging.

NEW YORK: Articulate Communications has signed three new clients, including Iona Technologies, which develops application integration software. The other new clients are Communications Data Services and InfoVista.

MILPITAS, CA: Adaptec has selected Lutchansky Communications as its new agency. Adaptec develops attached and networked storage devices that allow companies to move, manage, and protect data and digital content.

SAN FRANCISCO: Sparkpr has added three new clients: Safeway.com, the supermarket giant's online shopping site; venture capital firm IdeaLab; and open source support company SpikeSource.

SEATTLE: MWW Group has added US Technology Resources and WhatCounts as clients. MWW will focus on media relations and executive branding for US Technology, which provides global IT and business process outsourcing services. For WhatCounts, a corporate e-communications company, MWW will focus on strategic counsel and help launch its latest product, BlogUnit.

SAN FRANCISCO: The Horn Group has entered a partnership with London-based Brands2Life, for the two technology agencies to offer international communications support for each other's clients. In addition to client service, the partnership includes business development and marketing, an employee exchange program, and market education.

SAN FRANCISCO: Atomic PR has been named AOR by e-mail archiving company Mimosa Systems, and by Artifact Networks, which develops on-demand software delivery management technology. Atomic also retained data loss prevention company Vontu as a client, which recently put its account up for review.

SAN FRANCISCO: Activa PR has formed an alliance with Valley Consulting Services, a lead generation and sales services firm, to provide the latter company with communications services for its clients.

ATLANTA: Peter Baron has launched a new PR agency, Carabiner Communications. Focused on technology start-ups, the new agency's clients include Abbria, Encapsulon, and FileVision. Baron previously founded SocketPR, which Hill & Knowlton acquired and merged into Blanc & Otus. He has also worked at Alexander Communications.

Correction: A March 28 story incorrectly stated that the William Morris Agency lost three clients due to a New Yorker profile of one of the agency's executives. The agency lost only two. Director Matthew Vaughn's departure was unrelated. We regret the error.

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