Advertising & P.R.

Jim DiBiasi has been appointed to the newly created position of chief operations officer/chief financial officer at Jeff McClusky & Associates, an entertainment promotion company in Los Angeles. He will oversee the financial matters of the core business as well as the further expansion of JMA's interests through mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, DiBiasi served as director of commercial development for Foster Wheeler.

Ryan Knoll has joined the Los Angeles office of Nichols Dezenhall, a crisis communications firm, as vice president. He will lead the L.A.-based crisis management and marketplace defense group, which includes a new service to help companies fight Internet-based attacks on brands and reputation. Knoll was a senior counselor with the company's Washington, D.C., office prior to accepting his new position.

Lawrence Lokman has been hired as a vice president at Rogers & Associates, an independent public relations firm in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for overseeing the agency's communications on behalf of the California Children and Families Commission. Previously, Lokman was vice president of the Century Council, a $100 million national initiative of the U.S. distilled spirits industry to combat alcohol abuse.

Kristi VandenBosch has joined Direct Partners as executive vice president. She is based in Marina del Rey and will handle strategic planning and account management for key clients. Prior to joining the company, VandenBosch was executive vice president, managing director at Draft Worldwide in Chicago.

Banking & Finance

Keith Matthews has been promoted to senior vice president at Bank of America. He will serve as small-business market manager, responsible for managing the bank's small-business efforts in downtown Los Angeles, Vernon, Commerce and parts of South Los Angeles. Prior to his promotion, Matthews was a vice president at the company.

Tonya Page has been named vice president of member services and business development at Tiger Federal Credit Union in Culver City. In this position, she will lead branch and member services as well as marketing and business development. Most recently, Page was vice president, branch operations for First Entertainment Credit Union.

Education

Margaret Klee has been named to serve as chief information officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District. In her new position, she will plan, direct and manage all technology endeavors for the country's second-largest school system, including all internal information and communications systems, and the use of technology in the classroom. Klee joins the LAUSD after 22 years in the Navy.

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