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NEW YORK: Porter Novelli has selected five new partners in its US offices: Liz Fitzgerald, MD, PN2, Washington, DC; Jon Goldberg, corporate practice leader, New York; Jason Teitler, agency marketing and sports marketing leader, New York; Carolyn Tieger, US public affairs practice leader, Washington, DC; and David Zucker, director of PN CauseWorks, New York.

NEW YORK: Porter Novelli has selected five new partners in its US offices: Liz Fitzgerald, MD, PN2, Washington, DC; Jon Goldberg, corporate practice leader, New York; Jason Teitler, agency marketing and sports marketing leader, New York; Carolyn Tieger, US public affairs practice leader, Washington, DC; and David Zucker, director of PN CauseWorks, New York.

SEATTLE: Anthony Sprauve, VP of worldwide public affairs at Starbucks, has left the company for personal reasons. Starbucks did not say whether it would fill Sprauve's role, the second most senior position on the communications team. Sprauve joined the company in June 2003.

ATLANTA: Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has hired Bill Reihl in its Atlanta office as EVP, strategy and planning. Reihl joins Ogilvy from Edelman, where he drove campaigns for clients like Georgia-Pacific.

LEXINGTON, KY: Printer firm Lexmark has named Tim Fitzpatrick VP of corporate communications. Fitzpatrick joins from chemical firm BASF, where he was director of corporate and marketing communications. He replaces Roger Rydell, who left Lexmark last year.

MENLO PARK, CA: Technology research and development firm SRI International has selected Burson-Marsteller as its AOR. SRI has been instrumental in the development of technologies used around the world, including the internet and the computer mouse.

NEW YORK: 5W Public Relations has been named AOR for the American Center for Law and Justice, an organization specializing in constitutional law. 5W will provide media relations and communications strategy.

DOWNINGTOWN, PA: Regional B2B marketing communications agency Schubert Communications has hired Finbarr O'Sullivan as senior PR consultant. Before joining the agency, O'Sullivan served as account supervisor for OSPR in Cork, Ireland, where he developed and managed PR programs for companies including Ernst & Young and Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals.

VENICE, CA: Jan Bauer has joined The Blaze Co. as SVP. Before joining Blaze, Bauer established the West Coast presence for a New York-based marketing communications firm specializing in economic development PR.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL: Starmark International, a full-service marketing communications agency, has been named AOR for Vista Healthplan, a health benefits company based in South Florida.

CHERRY HILL, NJ: The Star Group has merged with Shipley Associates of Wilmington, DE. Star will maintain Shipley's existing Wilmington office, renamed Star/Shipley.

WELLESLEY, MA: Pirozzolo Co. Public Relations has been chosen to promote ForSite, a new mold-fighting product by EnviroCare of Wilmington, MA.

CHICAGO: Burson-Marsteller has named Kevin Kutz director of its Midwest technology practice. Kutz will oversee the practice's expansion in Chicago and the Central US. Kutz first worked at Burson from 1995 to 1998, and then returned in 2001. In between, he worked for Accenture and Lante.

CORRECTIONS: In releasing results of its 2004 survey of new product launches (PRWeek, January 17), Schneider & Associates incorrectly listed SC Johnson as the parent company of Glad Press 'N Seal. Glad is owned by The Clorox Co. Also, in the January 3 feature "Who to Watch," VeriSign was incorrectly listed as a client of Hill & Knowlton's. VeriSign is not a client of H&K, but retains Bite as AOR in the US and Text 100 overseas. We regret these errors.

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