Accounting & Consulting

Rob Yarin was named senior consultant at Frank N. Magid Associates, a media research and consulting firm in Universal City. He will advise syndication, network television, cable and new media clients on branding strategies and talent development. Yarin was previously executive producer of CNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews."

Advertising & P.R.

Marylou Ferry was appointed vice president in the public affairs group at Fleishman-Hillard in Los Angeles. She will work with the government, corporate and financial relations groups in Southern California. Ferry was most recently director of corporate and political affairs at Arco.

Taj Tedrow was appointed vice president of production at DNA Studio, a media marketing company in Beverly Hills. Tedrow was previously creative director of promotions for 20th Century Fox.

Banking & Finance

Simone Lagomarsino was promoted to president and chief executive of Hawthorne Savings and Hawthorn Financial Corp. in El Segundo. She will oversee all bank operations, focusing on secured real estate loans. Lagomarsino was previously executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Construction

Deborah Broom was named associate corporate counsel at Kaufman & Broad Home Corp. in Los Angeles. She will be responsible for risk counseling and dispute resolution. Broom was previously a construction litigator with Knopfler & Robertson.

Entertainment

Michael Daruty was promoted to senior vice president of technical operations at Universal Studios Operations Group in Universal City. He will oversee technical services and special projects and be responsible for the global inventory, tracking and purchase order system.

John Hyde was appointed president and chief executive of Film Roman in Los Angeles. He will oversee the company's film, television and online entertainment divisions. Hyde was most recently vice chairman and chief operating officer for the Producers Sales Organization.

Andrew P. Mooney was named president of Disney Consumer Products Worldwide in Burbank. He will oversee global marketing, brand management and product development for company businesses including the Disney Store and Disney Interactive. Mooney was most recently chief marketing officer and head of global apparel for Nike.

Health Care

Peter H. Germain was appointed executive vice president of Sullivan HealthCare Insurance Services in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for daily operations and raising the company's national profile. Germain was previously senior vice president of Seabury & Smith Inc.

Hospitality

Steve Hall was appointed manager of food and beverage for the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for creating and overseeing a new menu for the hotel. Hall was most recently director of food and beverage at the Boca Raton Resort in Florida.

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