Advertising/Public Relations

Carlos Darquea has been appointed executive vice president, creative director and partner at Ahlman & Associates in Westlake Village. He will be responsible for the creative end of all accounts including the development of strategic positioning, concepts, visual marketing, advertising, broadcast, graphic design, copy and production. Prior to joining Ahlman, Darquea was creative vice president of marketing at Victoria's Secret.

Asbury Communications in Hollywood has named Mike Garfinkel senior publicist. He will oversee the company's public relations efforts on behalf of clients who specialize in the areas of film, TV and multimedia production. Garfinkel was a freelance writer prior to joining Asbury.

Banking & Finance

Jennifer Openshaw has joined Bank of America in Los Angeles as vice president and business development officer in its investment management service group, where she will focus on California's government agency market. Prior to joining Bank of America, she served in the state Treasurer's office where she handled communications and public affairs under Treasurer Matt Fong and former Treasurer Kathleen Brown.

Richard Rushton has been named senior vice president and head of consumer lending for Sanwa Bank California in Los Angeles. Rushton was a senior consultant for American Management Systems prior to joining Sanwa Bank.

Jeffrey H. Anderson has been named vice president of the Los Angeles office of Mellon Ventures Inc., a subsidiary of Mellon Bank Corp. He will be responsible for identifying, analyzing and executing private equity buyout and venture capital-related investment opportunities. Before joining Mellon, Anderson was an associate at BankAmerica Capital, a subsidiary of BankAmerica Corp.

Los Angeles-based Union Bank of California has appointed David I. Matson director of finance. Matson was executive vice president and head of institutional and deposit markets in the bank's commercial financial services group. He will oversee all financial operations and management reporting systems for the bank and investor relations.

Barbara G. Brewer has joined Union Bank of California as a vice president in the personal trust division. She is a senior trust administrator at the bank's Los Angeles office. Prior to joining Union Bank, Brewer was with Security Pacific Bank in the trust division.

Glendale Federal Bank has promoted Sharon K. Winston to executive vice president in her position as director of Human Resources. She is responsible for managing the policies, program content, budget and long-range and short-term strategic planning efforts of the bank's personnel department.

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