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CHICAGO: Sandra Saias has joined Ogilvy Public Relations as EVP. Previously, she was deputy GM and creative director for Edelman's consumer marketing group.

NEW YORK: Dan Klores Communications has promoted three top execs. Sean Cassidy has been named MD/ president, John Marino has been made MD/managing partner, and Luana Floccuzio has been made MD/COO.

NEW YORK: MWW Group has promoted Jim Kirk to VP. Prior to MWW, Kirk served as a consultant to the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs on congressional-funded initiatives in Yemen, Bahrain, Kenya, and the former Yugoslavia.

DALLAS: Ackermann PR has added three companies to its client roster: Radiologix, a provider of financial, technical, information, and management services for radiology service networks; Addison Airport; and Jungle Laboratories, a supplier of aquarium and pond-care products.

NEW YORK: Rubenstein Public Relations has added several clients to its roster, including GigaBeam, a tech company that has developed technology for wireless virtual fiber, and Apple Metro, the New York metropolitan area franchisee for Applebee's and Chevy's restaurants.

SEATTLE and REDWOOD CITY, CA: Sterling Communications has added two home-networking companies to its client roster - DigitalDeck and Pure Networks. DigitalDeck develops technology to manage entertainment content at home. Pure Networks develops software and services to make home networking easy and secure.

NEW YORK: The Horn Group has launched a book promotion practice, focusing on business and tech titles. The agency has appointed Erin Brown as senior book publicist. The Horn Group has worked with authors such as Geoffrey Moore and Patricia Seybold.

SAN FRANCISCO: Steve Cragle has joined Schwartz Communications' Bay Area office as an SVP. He will work with the firm's healthcare, biotech, and medical-device clients. Before Schwartz, Cragle was a group VP with Ketchum's West Coast healthcare practice. He also worked in Edelman's San Francisco healthcare practice. He will report to EVP Gary Thompson, GM of Schwartz's Bay Area office.

SAN FRANCISCO: Blanc & Otus has added five clients to its roster, including BroadWare Technologies, which develops real-time networked video applications, and Broadmargin, which provides financial-management services for telecommunications companies. The other new clients are iRise, 1&1 Internet, and Vector Networks.

SAN FRANCISCO: Allison & Partners has developed a professional services group which will focus on providing communications and PR strategy to the firm's growing list of professional services clients, including investment banks, law firms, business and insurance advisory firms, and insolvency firms.

CHICAGO: HighBeam Research has retained Stanton Crenshaw as its AOR. The company runs an online research engine, placing it between free online search engines and high-end research services. Stanton will implement programs to up awareness of HighBeam among the media, industry analysts and potential users.

WASHINGTON: Qorvis Communications has added seven tech clients to its roster, including Motorola, Base Technologies, Chronicle Solutions, Claraview, Dynamics Research, MAP ROI Systems, and

SAN FRANCISCO: MS&L is working with Just Think, a youth media literacy nonprofit group. Just Think promotes media literacy as a way to counter media stereotyping. Its programs help young people understand and digest media messages in pop culture. MS&L will provide communications counsel, including media relations, event management, and community relations.

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