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HOWARD G. PASTER NAMED CHAIRMAN OF HILL AND KNOWLTON PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND GENERAL MANAGER OF WASHINGTON OFFICE

 HOWARD G. PASTER NAMED CHAIRMAN OF HILL AND KNOWLTON
 PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND GENERAL MANAGER OF WASHINGTON OFFICE
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Howard G. Paster, executive vice president of Timmons and Co. and a member of the board of directors of Hill and Knowlton, Inc., today was named chairman of Hill and Knowlton Public Affairs and general manager of the Washington office of Hill and Knowlton.
 As head of Hill and Knowlton Public Affairs, Paster assumes a position formerly held by Craig Fuller and before that by Robert Gray and reports to Thomas E. Eidson, president and CEO of Hill and Knowlton, Inc.
 As general manager of the Washington office, Paster succeeds Dale W. Snape and reports to Myron A. Hartwig, president of Hill and Knowlton USA. Snape, who had been filling the post on an interim basis since last November, now returns to his previous position as managing partner of The Wexler Group.
 Eidson, who assumed his present position late last year, said, "I am very pleased that a person of Howard Paster's ability and stature is joining our new Hill and Knowlton leadership team."
 Hartwig, who assumed his position early this year, said, "Howard Paster deservedly enjoys a splendid reputation in Washington as a public affairs and public relations professional and we are delighted he will be taking the helm of our Washington operations."
 Paster said, "With its outstanding staff of talented and experienced people, Hill and Knowlton is poised for a vital new era of success as the premier public affairs and public relations operation in Washington. I am excited by the opportunity to lead this effort."
 Fuller assumed the public affairs responsibility from Gray when he joined Hill and Knowlton in August 1990, and the position has not been filled since he left the firm in January.
 Paster, 47, has been an executive of Timmons and Co., a Washington consulting firm that represents corporate and association clients in dealings with the government, for more than 10 years. Earlier he had been legislative director of the International Union, United Auto Workers, acting as the principal representative on Capitol Hill for that million-member union. In that capacity, he played a major role in the enactment of the Chrysler Loan Guarantee Act.
 Paster began his Washington career in 1967, working as a staff official in the House of Representatives and from 1971-77 in the office of Senator Birch Bayh (D-Ind.). He holds a B.A. degree from Alfred University and a masters from the Columbia University School of Journalism.
 Paster's wife, Gail Kern Paster, is a professor of English Literature at George Washington University. They have two children.
 Hill and Knowlton, with headquarters in New York, is the leading international public relations/public affairs firm with 62 offices in 25 countries. Its parent company, WPP Group, plc, is one of the leading advertising and marketing groups in the world.
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