Accounting

Dave Charest has been named senior manager for Grant Thornton LLP's management consulting practice. Charest will work out of the firm's Los Angeles, Irvine and Woodland Hills offices and will work within the company's Information Technology practice.

Advertising

Jill Baldauf has joined DDB Needham as management supervisor. Baldauf will oversee the Los Angeles Times account, and will assist with new business development. She previously was managing partner at the Griffin Bacal New York division of the agency. In addition, Ken Bracken has joined the company as creative director. Bracken will develop point-of-sale and cross promotional partnership opportunities for clients. He previously was a senior art director at Italia/Gal Advertising.

JoEllyn Savage has been appointed to lead Kaiser Permanente's new national member and marketing communications department. Savage will oversee the company's brand image and product advertising, media buying and Web site. Her department will also publish national health promotion and service publications. She previously was director of member and marketing communications for the company.

Banking & Finance

Ronald L. Olson has been named to the board of holding company Berkshire Hathaway Inc. In addition to his new responsibilities as a member of the board, Olson will continue his duties as senior partner at the Los Angeles-based law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

SunAmerica Inc. has named Scott H. Richland senior vice president. Richland will be responsible for the annuity service operations, and will continue to act as head of the company's human resources functions. He previously was vice president and treasurer in the investment department. In addition, three new vice presidents have been named to the Los Angeles office. Jeffrey C. Goodrich has joined the company to oversee marketing services, and will be responsible for managing marketing support activities. He previously was vice president and national marketing director for Transamerica Financial Resources. Nicholas Gumas has been hired to oversee product management, and will be responsible for managing all phases associated with the launch and implementation of products and services offered through SunAmerica Marketing. He previously was senior vice president at Oppenheimer & Co. Liz Altman-Harberger has joined the company to oversee product marketing, and will be responsible for managing sales and marketing literature, and client communication strategies. She previously served as vice president of investment services marketing at Sierra Capital Management.

Union Bank of California has named two new vice presidents at its Los Angeles office. Joanne M. Marshall has joined the company to oversee the business trust division. Marshall is a senior trust officer. She previously served as a trust officer for Wells Fargo Bank. Jeffrey Robinson has been promoted to credit examiner in the credit examination division. He previously was assistant vice president at the company.

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