Advertising/Public Relations

Sitrick and Co. has announced the addition of David Farmer and Steve Hawkins to the staff of the strategic communications firm. Farmer is a former New York and Los Angeles bureau chief for Cable News Network and most recently was the Los Angeles bureau chief for Fox News Channel. Hawkins was vice president and director of public relations for Great Western Financial Corp. prior to joining Sitrick.

Banking & Finance

SunAmerica Inc. has appointed Don Spetner vice president of corporate communications with responsibility for media relations, issues management, public and community affairs and employee communications. Prior to joining SunAmerica, Spetner was vice president of corporate communications for Nissan North America.


Arthur Andersen has named Robert C. Becker Jr. a partner in its Los Angeles office and appointed him to lead its new corporate finance and advisory services practice. Becker was with Bear, Stearns and Co. and Morgan Stanley and Co. in Los Angeles and New York prior to joining Arthur Andersen.


Pasadena-based Parsons Infrastructure & Technology Group Inc. has promoted the following employees to senior vice president: Melvyn R. Brown, infrastructure division; Roy M. Goodwin, federal division and Charles L. Harrington, industrial-manufacturing/electrical division. Additionally, the following were promoted to vice president: W. Dean Nottingham, business development manager, federal division; Jesse Yoder, program manager, Southern Nevada water authority and Doug J. Quade, sector manager, commercial sector.


Entertainment Data Inc. has named David Penner senior vice president and chief financial officer. He will be responsible for all financial and administrative functions of EDI's worldwide operations. Penner served as vice president of finance for Marvel Characters Inc. before joining EDI.

The Los Angeles Kings has made several appointments within the marketing and promotion departments, including: Kurt Schwartzkopf to director of marketing and promotions; Mike Altieri to director of media relations; Steve Bogoyevac to director of fan development; Jeff Moeller to media relations and team services coordinator and Michael Jund to media relations assistant.

Robert W. Johnson has been promoted to senior vice president of human resources and labor relations at Walt Disney Pictures and Television. Previously Johnson served as senior vice president of labor relations and was responsible for formulation of labor policy, negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements and oversight of dispute resolution.

Michelle M. Katz has been appointed vice president of business and legal affairs for Universal Studios New Media Group. Previously, she served as vice president of business and legal affiars for Universal Studios Consumer Products Group. Prior to joining Universal, Katz worked in consumer products and anti-piracy for Paramount Pictures, served as associate counsel to Writers Guild of America, West and handled litigation for Cooper, Epstein and Hurewitz.


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