Accounting & Consulting
Peter Hutto was appointed senior principal at Lante Corp. in Los Angeles. He will build and manage the company's Internet consulting business in Southern California. Hutto was previously managing director of the Southwest area for Electronic Data Systems in Los Angeles.
Thomas A. Schortmann was appointed director of business development for the Pacific Southwest tax practice at Ernst & Young in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for identifying and pursuing new business for the region. Schortmann was previously director of sales for the Americas at Morton International.
Alin Wall and Mark Baumohl were named partners at Roth Bookstein & Zaslow in Los Angeles. Both specialize in family tax planning, estate plans, and transfer of wealth through generations. Wall and Baumohl were previously partners at Breslow, Loeb, Baumohl & Wall.
Advertising & P.R.
Elizabeth Greene was promoted to director of marketing at the Regan Group in Los Angeles. She will be responsible for marketing campaigns and new business development. Green was previously manager of marketing.
Jim Presnal was named executive director for the Themed Entertainment Association in Burbank. He will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations, chapter liaisons, and will assist with strategic planning. Presnal was previously an instructor software developer for UCLA Extension.
Banking & Finance
Barbara Polsky was named executive vice president and general counsel for City National Bank in Los Angeles. She will be responsible for all legal affairs and will oversee the legal department. Polsky was most recently executive vice president and general counsel for Aames Financial Corp. in Los Angeles.
Jeff Apodaca was named vice president of West Coast distribution for NewsNet Central, a Los Angeles company that produces and distributes television and Internet content. He will be responsible for all territory product distribution and will oversee the Southern California office. Apodaca was previously vice president of West Coast programming and sales at Pseudo Programs in New York and Los Angeles.
Jola Harris was named director of national account marketing for Fox Channels Group in Los Angeles. She will create marketing initiatives to build a presence in major distributor markets. Harris was previously senior manager of affiliate marketing at Discovery Networks.
Shawn Papazian was promoted to vice president and studio manager of Ray-Art Studio in Canoga Park. He will oversee all production activities. Papazian was most recently director of studio operations.
Steven D. Shaiken was named senior vice president of merchandising for Universal Studios Recreation Group in Universal City. He will be responsible for merchandising, product development, retail operations and financial planning for all theme park stores and kiosks worldwide. Shaiken was previously senior vice president of retail and leasing for Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Dea Shandera was promoted to executive vice president of marketing and publicity for the television division at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Santa Monica. She will be responsible for trade and consumer advertising, promotion, publicity, Web sites, and station relations. Shandera was previously senior vice president of advertising and promotions.
Sim Farar was appointed by President Clinton as the U.S. representative to the 54th session of the United Nations General Assembly. He is responsible for advancing U.S. interests with other delegations through negotiation and speech-making. Farar is also president of JDF Investments in Woodland Hills.
Paula R. Zinnemann was appointed commissioner of the California Department of Real Estate by Gov. Gray Davis. She will enforce real estate laws, including the Subdivision Map Act, and will regulate real estate licensees and mortgage brokers. Zinnemann, an attorney, is of counsel with Schwartz Wisot & Wilson in Beverly Hills.
David Dennis was promoted to president and chief operating officer for Cogent Light Technologies in Santa Clarita. He will be responsible for day-to-day operations. Dennis was previously general manager.
Russell A. Lyon was named president and chief technology officer of Intercare Diagnostics, a biomedical software company in Inglewood. He will be responsible for all programming, research and product development. Lyon was previously principal of Kinetic Media in Lakewood.
Mike Sage was named president and chief executive of Manhattan Projects, an automotive-industry software company in Torrance. He will oversee research, development and distribution of new products, as well as strategic planning. Sage was most recently executive vice president and general manager of Sage Auto Group in Los Angeles.
Michael Jack was named partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Los Angeles. He specializes in secured and unsecured lending and equipment leasing. Jack continues to be a member of the firm's business and finance practice group.
Arnold Peter was named senior counsel at Littler Mendelson in Century City. He specializes in labor negotiations for entertainment, retail, food service and hospitality industries. Peter was most recently vice president of labor relations and legal affairs for Universal Studios.
Ronald M. Stone was named of counsel at Arter & Hadden in Los Angeles. He will become a member of the government affairs group. Stone was most recently government affairs manager for Mattel Inc. in El Segundo.
Mary Coghlan was promoted to director of sales for KCBS-TV Channel 2 in Los Angeles. She will be responsible for all sales and strategy. Coghlan was previously local sales manager for the station.
Tim Cahill was promoted to chief executive at HomePage.com in Pasadena. He will be responsible for strategic direction and forging corporate partnerships. Cahill was previously chief operating officer for the company. Also, Mary Lou Fulton has been appointed chief operating officer. She will be responsible for day-to-day company management and consumer relations. Fulton will continue in her current duties as company president.
Craig L. Enenstein was appointed vice president of business development and strategy at Liberty Digital in Los Angeles. He will oversee interactive infrastructure and Internet investment activity and will assist with strategic planning. Enenstein was most recently vice president at Knowledge Universe in Los Angeles.
Steven Trepp was promoted to president of city guides at Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch in Pasadena. He will oversee content and marketing of the network of local portal city guide sites. Trepp was previously regional vice president for New York and the Northeast. Traci Fleming was promoted to chief operating officer of city guides. She will oversee local, regional and national Web sales efforts, as well as marketing, operations and content for the 33-city field operation. Fleming was most recently Southeast regional chief operating officer of city guides. Also, David Stansbury was promoted to executive vice president of content and product design. He will coordinate network strategy for the city guides, including management of field-content operations and content integration. Stansbury was previously vice president of content for the city guide division.
Sandy Mendoza was promoted to director of community relations for United Way of Greater Los Angeles. She will design partnership models and develop relationships with corporate and community donors and agencies. Mendoza was most recently senior community development specialist. Also, Miguel Bustos was named director of community outcomes. He will be responsible for developing and implementing United Way's fund investment program and managing agency relations. Bustos was previously a policy advisor to Tipper Gore in the Office of the Vice President.
Tom Jenneman was appointed senior vice president of real estate and chief development officer at California Pizza Kitchen in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for national expansion. Jenneman was previously vice president of real estate and new business development at Brinker International in Dallas.
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