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SEATTLE: APCO Worldwide has promoted Maggie Brown from SVP to MD of its Seattle office. Jake Johnston has also joined the office as a senior associate. Johnston is a public affairs specialist with expertise in federal public policy and appropriations. He previously worked for Northwest Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm in Seattle.

WHITE PLAINS, NY: Star Brand Imports, the US specialty import division of Heineken, and Michelin Footwear Technologies have both chosen Smith & Jones as their agency of record.

CHEVY CHASE, MD: Veteran broadcast newsman and PR executive David Henderson has joined the National 4-H Council as SVP for strategic communications. Henderson will be responsible for working with council leaders in Washington and across the country to enhance awareness for the organization, which provides a wide range of leadership and skills programs for America's young people.

ALEXANDRIA, VA: Smith & Harroff has been selected by the the National Christmas Tree Association to create and implement a national marketing campaign to promote the sale of real Christmas trees.

WASHINGTON: The Independent Public Relations Alliance, a committee of the National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, has launched a pro bono program and selected the Center for Child Protection and Family Support (CCPFS) as its first community service client. CCPFS, an accredited nonprofit social services agency that is a local and national leader in the field of childhood victimization, signed an agreement to receive free public relations services for one year.

CLEVELAND: Edward Howard & Co. has promoted Diana Lueptow and Barbara Paynter to the role of SVP. Lueptow will focus on marketing communications, media relations, and turnaround and reorganization situations, and Paynter will specialize in community relations, environmental issues, and media relations.

ATLANTA: Ruff Designs, a family-owned design and marketing communications boutique agency, recently launched an Atlanta-area operation in Kennesaw, GA.

DALLAS: M Strategies, a media strategy, media training, and messaging firm, has been selected by Glory, a new lifestyles magazine, to lead its national media launch and bolster its ongoing brand development.

NEW YORK and LONDON: Jonathan Birt, who previously worked at Financial Dynamics' life sciences team in London, has been appointed SVP of the US team. FD has also added Julie Huang as SVP of the life sciences team in New York. Huang had been with Cohn & Wolfe, where she was the architect of the healthcare practice's Bio360 division. Additionally, Julia Phillips, formerly MD of Noonan Russo in Europe, joins as a partner of the London life sciences team.

LOS ANGELES: MS&L has promoted Glenn Osaki to director, Asia-Pacific. In addition, Brenda Lynch has been promoted to co-managing director of MS&L's Los Angeles office, a role she will share with Osaki. Previously, Osaki served as MD of MS&L Los Angeles, and Lynch served as SVP.

BOSTON: Brodeur Worldwide has added New Zealand-based PR firm Communication by Design to its Asia-Pacific network of PR, communications, and marketing agencies. Communication by Design focuses on IT and pharmaceutical companies. The partnership will allow the agencies to share international marketing, communications, and PR services.

SALT LAKE CITY: Marketing firm Love Communications has appointed Aaron Evans as its PR director. Evans was previously with PR firm Richter7. At Love Communications, Evans will lead PR efforts for the agency and its clients, as well as develop new business.

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