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BEIJING: Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has promoted Scott Kronick to president, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, China. An 18-year Ogilvy veteran, with nine of those years spent in Beijing, Kronick most recently served as MD, Ogilvy PR, China.

BEIJING: Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has promoted Scott Kronick to president, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, China. An 18-year Ogilvy veteran, with nine of those years spent in Beijing, Kronick most recently served as MD, Ogilvy PR, China.

HARTFORD, CT: Aetna has promoted David Carter to VP of PR. He will oversee media relations and public affairs, including grassroots initiatives. Carter called Aetna "a textbook turnaround story" that is now entering "a new phase." He replaces Roy Clason, who left the company this summer.

BOCA RATON, FL: Five independent PR firms and solo practitioners have launched the South Florida PR Alliance. The founding firms of the alliance are EMI Group, Pompano Beach; In Layman's Terms, Palm Beach; Kaliah Communications, Lake Worth; PR-BS, Boca Raton; and Terri Neil PR & Marketing, Lake Worth.

PORTLAND, OR and AUSTIN, TX: Fleishman-Hillard has named Aili Jokela GM of its Portland office, and Chris Talley GM of its Austin office. Jokela, an SVP and partner who has been with Fleishman for 12 years, was most recently GM of the Austin office. Talley, who has been with the agency for nine years, most recently worked on-site for client SBC Communications.

SAN FRANCISCO: The Bay Area office of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) has selected Edelman to help build awareness of that office's initiatives in the US. JETRO is a Japanese government organization that promotes mutual trade and investment between Japan and other countries and businesses.

NEW YORK: GSW Worldwide, an independent healthcare advertising and PR agency, has been named AOR by The Valley Hospital, a 451-bed acute-care hospital in Ridgewood, NJ.

KNOXVILLE, TN: Ackermann PR has picked up four new clients: Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS; The Preserve Resort in Wears Valley, TN; AIMSI, a tech company based in Oak Ridge, TN; and The Fisher Group, a financial consulting firm in Knoxville, TN.

NEW YORK: The Public Relations Society of America has launched its 19th professional interest section, the entertainment and sports section, which will focus on fulfilling the professional development needs of PR pros in both the entertainment and sports industries.

NEW YORK: Connors Communications has appointed Kevin Ota VP and Michael Levin VP, interactive. Before joining Connors, Ota served as VP at Blanc & Otus, the technology subsidiary of Hill & Knowlton, while Levin served as director of eBusiness for Scala Multimedia Software.

SAN FRANCISCO: Graham & Associates has signed several new clients, including customer relationship management software firm NetSuite and human rights organization Human Rights Watch. Other new clients include Frontline Systems, Maya Designs, Tennyson West, Evergreen Lodge, and EarthScreen.

CHICAGO: Golin Harris has promoted Farah Bulsara Speer to SVP in its healthcare practice. Bulsara Speer joined the firm in 2000 as account group supervisor, managing the Ortho-McNeil and Illinois Department of Public Health accounts.

SAN FRANCISCO: David Weiskopf, SVP and associate director of Ketchum's San Francisco office, is leaving the agency to pursue other opportunities. Before joining Ketchum in 2002, Weiskopf was deputy GM of Weber Shandwick's San Mateo, CA, office. Weiskopf also worked for Levi Strauss as director of public affairs.

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