Sonia Gutierrez-Carstensen has been named executive vice president at Vald & #233;s Zacky Associates, an advertising agency specializing in the Hispanic market. In her position, Gutierrez-Carstensen will serve as media director. She previously was vice president and general manager of Ad Americas. She will be based in Los Angeles.
David M. Bowman has been promoted to program manager at the Long Beach-based Douglas Products division of Boeing Co. Bowman will oversee the MD-17, a proposed commercial freighter version of the U.S. Air Force's C-17 cargo jet. He previously was director of the C-17 Nacelle/Engine Affordability Team at Douglas.
Banking & Finance
Linda Berry has been named senior vice president at First Federal Bank of California. Berry will oversee the company's commercial real estate lending division. She previously was senior director at JMA Properties. She will be based in Los Angeles.
Philip A. Hart has been named vice president at Chase Manhattan Private Bank. Hart will serve as senior portfolio manager of global asset management for the bank's western region. He previously served as vice president, senior portfolio manager at Northern Trust Bank. He will be based in Los Angeles.
Jon Yasuda has been promoted to executive vice president of sales and marketing at International Media Group Inc. Yasuda will oversee all sales and marketing activities for the company's stations, which include KSCI-TV Channel 18. He previously was vice president of sales and marketing.
Mike Leathers has been promoted to vice president at Another Large Production. Leathers will oversee all special projects for the company. Prior to his promotion, he was senior producer.
Dan Lombardo has been named vice president and executive producer at Computer Film Co., a digital special effects company in Los Angeles. Some of Lombardo's responsibilities will include client relations and new business development. He previously was a producer at Digital Domain.
Darcie Denkert has been promoted to senior executive vice president of business affairs at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Denkert will oversee theatrical business affairs and legal affairs. She previously was executive vice president. Also, Richard L. Phillips has been named executive vice president, MGM Networks. Phillips will oversee the studio's international channel investments. He previously was senior vice president of programming and business development at United International Holdings. Albert Spevak has been named senior vice president of business affairs for MGM Worldwide Television Group. Spevak will oversee all business affairs for MGM's television activities. He previously was vice president of marketing and production, business affairs at NBC Studios.
Ivelisse Estrada has been promoted to vice president of corporate and community relations at Univision Communications Inc. Estrada will oversee all community relations strategies, coordinate philanthropic contributions and serve as a liaison between the company and community organizations. She previously was director of corporate and community relations. She will be based in Los Angeles.
Peter Levinsohn has been promoted to senior vice president of international pay television and pay-per-view from vice president of the same division at Twentieth Century Fox. In his new post, Levinsohn will oversee distribution of the studio's film and television programming to international pay television and pay-per-view markets. He will be based in Los Angeles.
Veronica S. Davis has been named director of production at Media Revolution, a Web site development firm in Los Angeles. Davis will oversee all aspects of Web site production from concept to launch. She previously was a producer at Disney Online.
Stuart Gottesman has been named vice president of regional publicity and promotion at the motion picture group of Paramount Pictures. Gottesman will oversee the studio's publicity and promotional campaigns. He previously was vice president of national field operations at Warner Bros. He will be based in Hollywood.
Gordon Werner has been named general manager at Tekelec, a Calabasas-based telecommunications company. Werner will oversee the network switching division. He previously was vice president of global sales at NetEdge Systems Inc.
Samuel J. Harris has joined GSCO, an insurance provider for the business and legal profession, as director of business development. Harris will assist in securing new markets and developing products, programs and services. He previously was director at the Paradigm Group, a management consulting company. He will be based in Woodland Hills.
Stuart Kadison has joined the law firm of Christensen, Miller, Frank, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro as special counsel. Kadison will concentrate his practice in antitrust, securities and other litigation. He previously was a partner at the law firm of Sidley & Austin. He will be based in Los Angeles.
John M. Iino has joined Brand Farrar Dziubla Freilich & Kolstad LLP as part of the firm's corporate securities and transactional practice group. He previously served as special counsel at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He will be based in Los Angeles.
John Schwartz has been named head of finance and administration at Pittard Sullivan, a marketing communications company. Schwartz will oversee financial transactions and administrative responsibilities. He previously was president of Wunderfilm Design, a computer design firm specializing in television graphics.
John Dianna has been promoted to president of the automotive performance group at Los Angeles-based Petersen Publishing Co. In his new position, Dianna will manage the publishers in the group, and will oversee development of new properties. He previously was vice president and executive publisher.
John E. McAniff has been named senior leasing director in the agency leasing group at Cushman & Wakefield, and will be based in the company's downtown Los Angeles office. McAniff will focus on the downtown and greater Los Angeles Basin areas for leasing, sales and consulting. He previously was a senior associate at the Staubach Co.
Douglas Gardner has been named vice president at Catellus Development Corp. Gardner will focus on development projects in Southern California. He previously was a partner at MaguirePartners. He will be based in Los Angeles.
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