Accounting

Scott Farber has been appointed head of Grant Thornton LLP's Southern California assurance practice in Los Angeles and director of the Western region international business center. Farber previously was stationed in Hong Kong, overseeing services to international clients throughout the Asia Pacific. In addition, Kevin Morrow has been named manager in Grant Thornton LLP's Los Angeles-based international management consulting practice. Morrow previously worked on pan-European consulting projects from Grant Thornton's office in Belgium.

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Tim Spengler has been named senior vice president and general manager of national television at Los Angeles-based Western International Media. Previously, Spengler served as the division's deputy director.

Banking & Finance

John Bakker has been appointed vice president and manager of Sanwa Bank California's Long Beach commercial banking center. He will oversee the institution's commercial banking operations for the combined Long Beach/South Bay region of Los Angeles County. Prior to joining Sanwa, Bakker was a commercial banking executive with Union Bank of California.

Gerald Bruver has joined Santa Monica-based First Federal Bank of California as senior vice president of business banking. Bruver will be responsible for developing and maintaining commercial banking relationships on the Westside. He previously was senior vice president and executive commercial banking officer at Santa Monica Bank.

David T. Goberville, a specialist in mergers, acquisitions and the financing of middle-market companies, has joined Sutro & Co. as vice president in the firm's Los Angeles investment banking group. He was formerly with Barrington Associates.

Stuart S. Greenberg has joined RH Investment Corp.'s management team. Greenberg, who will be based in the Century City office, will oversee the brokerage's expansion. Previously, Greenberg was president of Baraban Securities.

Entertainment

Kraig T. Kitchin has been named president and chief operating officer of Sherman Oaks-based Premiere Radio Networks Inc. He will oversee all aspects of company operations. Previously, he was chief operating officer.

Joe Rakauskas has been named chief operating officer of Malibu-based Higher Octave Music. He will run the day-to-day operations of the company, including finance, legal and business affairs, sales and marketing, and direct-to-customer operations. Rakauskas formerly was chief financial officer of Mercury Records.

Judy Ranan has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Citadel Entertainment division of Alliance Communications Corp. Ranan, who will be based in Los Angeles, will be responsible for overseeing Citadel's development and production of television movies for network and cable. Ranan previously served as senior vice president of development and production at Citadel.

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