Newsmakers/hollingsworth/April 20/dt1st/mark2nd

Advertising and Marketing

Kim Jakwerth has been named to head Marleah Leslie & Associates' new music division. She will retain her title as vice president.


Jeff Turpin has been appointed president of Rose Marie Reid, Sirena Kids and Hot Water. He will be based at the South El Monte corporate headquarters and is responsible for the sales, production and merchandising of the Rose Marie Reid missy swimwear, Sirena Kids girls' swimwear and Hot Water juniors' swimwear divisions. Turpin previously was president of the Sassafras Group at Sirena Apparel Group.

Banking and Finance

Mark McEachen has been named president of Transamerica Asset Management. He will be based in Los Angeles and will be responsible for structured settlements, financial products and stable value investments. McEachen previously was vice president and treasurer of Transamerica Corp.

Lindsy E. Strait has been appointed senior vice president, chief operating officer and chief technology officer at Imperial Technology Solutions, a division of Los Angeles-based Imperial Bank. Strait will be responsible for internal operations and product engineering and development. He previously served as president and chief executive at Applied Systems Science Institute.

Peter Wu has been appointed president of GBC Bancorp and General Bank. GBC Bancorp is headquartered in Los Angeles and is the parent company of General Bank. Wu was one of the founders of General Bank and he has served as chief operating officer. He has also served as executive vice president and director of the bank and GBC Bancorp.


Rick Fivekiller has been appointed vice president of corporate business development in the Los Angeles office of O'Brien Kreitzberg. Fivekiller will be responsible for national business development activities, with particular emphasis on the private sector. He previously was responsible for business development in the West Coast for a major construction and real estate firm.

Tom Paradise has joined Playa Vista as vice president of operations. Paradise will be responsible for the overall operations of Playa Vista, coordinating the work of teams responsible for residential and commercial development, infrastructure and planning. He previously was a real estate consultant to Goldman Sachs & Co.


Charles S. Swartz has joined the media and entertainment group at Andersen Consulting as business development director. He will be based in Los Angeles and will be working to develop relationships with entertainment and media companies. Swartz previously was program manager for UCLA Extension's department of entertainment studies and performing arts.


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