Advertising/Public Relations

Los Angeles-based marketing and public relations company Durazo Communications has promoted Dan Durazo to executive vice president from vice president and Joanne Gonzalez Forster to vice president from account supervisor. Durazo will oversee all day-to-day office management, and will be responsible for new client presentations and proposals. Gonzalez will manage day-to-day activities for client accounts.

Direct marketing agency Ogily Adams & Rinehart has named Kathleen Kennedy director of loyalty marketing. Kennedy will oversee efforts geared toward maintaining customer brand loyalty. She previously was head of marketing at Egghead Software. In addition, Hugh Allspaugh and David Shrager have been named account directors. Allspaugh previously served as client services director at KLP in London. Shrager previously was assciate marketing director at Bronner Slosbert Humphrey in Boston. In their new positions, they will all be based in Los Angeles.

Banking & Finance

Bill Dunn has been promoted to vice president of sales at AppleOne Payroll & Tax Filing Services in Torrance. Dunn will oversee all payroll expansion and strategic planning. He previously was director of sales at the company.

John J. Beale has been named executive vice president, chief information officer and a member of the executive committee of City National Bank in Beverly Hills. Beal will be responsible for the company's information technology. Prior to this, he served as acting chief financial officer. Before that, he worked at CAST Management Consultants and was responsible for its information technology practice.

Robert R. Evans has joined Trust Company of the West as managing director. Evans will be a member of all of the company's investment committees and will be a member of its asset allocation team. Prior to joining the company, he ran Evans Associates, a consulting firm to endowments. He will be based in Los Angeles.


Jim Surdyk has been named project executive at W.E. O'Neil Construction in Los Angeles. Surdyk will oversee the design/construction of the Candlewood Hotel chains. Prior to joining the company, he worked at Dinwiddie Construction as project superintendent.


Julie Buchalter has been named project manager at PMLA Inc., a project management consulting firm in Los Angeles. Buchalter will oversee all aspects of major assignments in project management. She previously was project manager at architectural firm Gensler.


Dan Taylor has been named to the newly created position of executive vice president of corporate finances at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. in Santa Monica. Taylor will develop and implement financial strategies, as well as oversee the treasury, internal audit and corporate tax departments. He previously served as a corporate executive at Tracinda Corp. In addition, Yalda Tehranian has been named vice president of production at MGM Pictures. Tehranian will be responsible for finding and developing properties for feature film consideration. She previously was senior vice president at Live Entertainment. Also, Mary Anderson has been promoted to director of creative affairs at MGM-owned United Artists Pictures, where she will oversee administrative aspects of story development. She was previously a story analyst at United Artists.


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