Advertising /Public Relations

Robert Brown has been named vice president of creative services at Baxter Gurian & Mazzei Inc., an agency which specializes in medical and health care marketing communications. He will work out of the agency's Los Angeles office.

Banking & Finance

Terri Stidd has been named assistant vice president and corporate staffing officer at Imperial Bank's Los Angeles regional office. In her new position, Stidd will be responsible for employment, employee relations and compliance reporting. She will also continue to function as the bank's affirmative action officer.

Engineering

Gary Dysart has joined Santa Monica-based Psomas and Associates as vice president, director of public works consulting. Dysart will oversee engineering and management services to public works organizations. Prior to joining the company, he headed his own firm, Dysart Consulting. Some services Psomas provides include land development, water resources and surveying.

Walter Quesada has been named manager of the Los Angeles office of HDR Engineering Inc., as well as director of transportation for the company's Southern California region. Quesada is a civil engineer who has worked in highway design and construction. The company provides water, transportation, waste and energy services.

Matthew M. Sweeney has been named associate principal at the architecture/engineering firm of Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall. Sweeney will be based in the company's Los Angeles headquarters. Projects to be managed by Sweeney include highways, railroads and airports.

Entertainment/Media

Bill Niles has joined digital studio POP as executive vice president, business development and general counsel. Prior to joining the company, he was a legal partner at Stein and Kaan.

Santa Monica-based Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. has named Garret G. Gerlich, Jeffrey A. Coleman and Jay Fukuto senior vice presidents. Gerlich will supervise all post-production activities for the company's two film units: MGM Pictures and United Artists Pictures. Before joining the company, he served as senior vice president of post production at Twentieth Century Fox. Coleman will oversee the administration of all aspects of physical production for MGM's and United Artists' theatrical releases. He previously was vice president of production at MGM, a position he had held since 1994. Fukuto will oversee all development and production in animation, including TV series, direct-to-video projects and feature films. He joins MGM from Walt Disney Television Animation, where he most recently served as vice president of current programming.

Nan Morales has been promoted to vice president, feature production management for the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures. Morales will oversee budgeting and scheduling of all assigned motion pictures at the Hollywood-based studio, as well as supervising and negotiating on behalf of the studio for key crew, office and stage facilities, and equipment from pre-production through principal photography. Prior to her promotion, she was a production management executive.

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