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Advertising & Marketing

Phillip Evans has been named senior designer for Taffetdesign Inc. in Santa Monica. He will be responsible for creating and supervising broadcast and new-media projects. Evans was previously senior designer of ABC's on-air promotions department.

Aerospace

Randy Brinkley has been named senior vice president of programs for Hughes Space and Communications Co. in El Segundo. He will be responsible for work involving national security, digital processing and satellite service. Brinkley was most recently a senior executive at NASA.

Associations

Oscar Arslanian has been elected president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He is president of Arslanian & Associates Inc., a public relations firm in Hollywood. Mary Lou Dudas was previous president of the chamber.

Banking & Finance

Silvia Marjoram has joined American Business Bank as vice president and senior relationship manager in Los Angeles. She will be in charge of business development and underwriting. Marjoram was most recently a vice president with Mellon 1st Business Bank in Century City.

Farhad Motia has been appointed vice president and division manager of growth finance for Finova Capital Corp. in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for the nationwide operation of the division. Motia was previously president, chief executive and director of Preferred Business Credit.

Construction

Tom Verti has been promoted to president of Pankow Operating Inc. and general partner of Charles Pankow Builders Ltd. in Los Angeles. Verti was previously vice president and area manager for the company.

Consulting

Walter Odening has been appointed regional manager of Dean Ryan's Southern California environmental programs group in Los Angeles. His responsibilities will include operations, business development and client coordination. Odening has previously managed projects for the Air Force, Navy and the Department of Energy.

Entertainment

Marti Boone has been named vice president of large-format theater sales and development for Iwerks Entertainment Inc. in Burbank. Boone was previously director of marketing communications for the theaters and attractions-affiliate division of Imax. Also, Marianne Cheyne has been named vice president of entertainment and retail sales. She will be responsible for increasing the presence in new and emerging markets. Cheyne was previously vice president of marketing and sales for Spectra Entertainment.

Greg Brannan has been promoted to executive vice president of programming and content with E! Networks in Los Angeles. He was previously vice president of program planning. Also, Marta Tracy has been promoted to creative executive and senior vice president of programming for E! Style. She was most recently vice president of programming and development. In addition, John Rieber has been promoted to senior vice president of original programming for the network. He was previously vice president of special projects.

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