Accounting

Denise G. Paully was named partner in the Southern California/Nevada general tax services group at Deloitte & Touche in Los Angeles. She specializes in growth and health-care industry clients. Paully was most recently a partner at McDermott, Will, & Emery in Los Angeles.

Advertising & P.R.

Tony Grande has been named chief financial officer of the newly formed Siltanen/Keehn advertising agency. He will focus on leveraging technology to build a solid business foundation. Previously, Grande was vice president of finance at Dunk.net.

Aerospace

John R. Reimers was appointed president and chief operating officer of Compass Aerospace Corp. in Long Beach. He will be responsible for European and domestic operations. Reimers was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Banking & Finance

JoAnn Bourne has been promoted to executive vice president at the Los Angeles office of Union Bank of California. She will be responsible for commercial product management and cash management sales. Most recently, Bourne served as senior vice president in corporate deposit services. Also, Joseph Otting has been promoted to executive vice president. He will be responsible for the commercial banking activities of companies with annual sales greater than $5 million. Most recently, Otting was senior vice president and manager.

Howard Heitner has joined the L.A. office of SunAmerica Inc. as senior managing director. He will be responsible for various aspects of the affordable housing business and related real estate assets. Previously, Heitner was a partner in the real estate department at O'Melveny & Meyers.

Entertainment

Matthew Lawrence has been appointed vice president of finance at House of Moves Motion Capture Studios in Los Angeles. He will oversee all financial matters. Lawrence was most recently a manager in the business regeneration services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Los Angeles and Boston offices. Also, Rita Mines was promoted to vice president of operations. Mines was previously director of operations at the studio.

Doug Moreland was promoted to senior vice president of pre-development at Walt Disney Imagineering in Burbank. He will be responsible for worldwide real estate pre-development strategies. Moreland was most recently vice president of development.

Kay Solomon was appointed senior vice president of human resources at Universal Studios. She will be responsible for employee staffing, labor relations, employee relations, and management and organizational development for Universal Studios Hollywood and CityWalk. Solomon was most recently vice president of human resources at Universal Music Group.

Robert Wittenberg has been promoted to executive vice president of sales at Santa Monica-based MGM Home Entertainment. He will oversee all facets of sales for the division in the Western Hemisphere. Also, Blake Thomas has been promoted to executive vice president of worldwide marketing. Among other things, he will oversee sales strategies for releases in both domestic and international markets. Prior to MGM, Thomas was vice president and management supervisor for DDB Needham Worldwide. In addition, Cordelia Tappin was promoted to senior vice president of domestic marketing. She will be responsible for the creation of all domestic rental and sell-through video marketing campaigns. Previously, Tappin was manager of marketing services for Fox Video.

Health Care

Sue Podbielski has been appointed vice president of product development at the Los Angeles office of Foundation Health Systems Inc. She will be responsible for product development activities across FHS plans nationwide. Previously, Podbielski was a national manager at Equicor Inc. in Pittsburgh.

Law

Marco D. Costales was named partner at Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliot in Los Angeles. He specializes in health care industry cases involving transactional work, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property licensing and non-profit issues. Costales was previously a partner with Loeb and Loeb LLP.

Kenneth Langan has joined the Los Angeles office of Arnold & Porter as a partner. He will work to expand the firm's national and international project finance capabilities and broaden its transactional practice in Los Angeles. Prior to joining, Langan was with Chadbourne & Parke.

New Media

Jonathan Avila has joined Los Angeles-based MVALUE.com Inc. as general counsel and chief privacy officer. He will be responsible for internal and external controls and practices at the firm, which works to protect the privacy of consumers as they surf the Web. Previously, Avila was litigation counsel to CBS Corp.

Sean Burton has been named to the newly created position of vice president of business development at Warner Bros. Online and Entertaindom.com. He will spearhead the effort to identify, acquire and distribute Internet content and technology for both entities. Previously, Burton worked as a corporate attorney at O'Melveny & Meyers.

Chris Dorr has been appointed vice president of original content at Culver City-based Intertainer. He is responsible for extending the programming library with original content produced by independent filmmakers and will also collaborate on development of custom digital programming. Most recently, Dorr was co-president of Scott Free Productions.

Al Eisaian has joined North Hollywood-based LowerMyBills.com as senior vice president of operations and strategy. He will be responsible for identifying business opportunities and leading the integration of all departments with Web operations and technology functions. Also, Mazda Marvasti joined the company as vice president of technology. He will be responsible for leading technology development. In addition, Oliver Chaine became vice president of Web operations. He will be responsible for Web operations management and contributing to development of future e-commerce partnerships. Prior to joining, all three executives worked at marchFIRST, formerly UAWeb/CKS Corp.

Peter Hutt has joined Santa Monica-based Cooking.com as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to joining, Hutt was vice president and treasurer of HomeBase Inc.

Dr. William Sequeira has joined Santa Monica-based Medschool.com as chief technical officer. His goal is to leverage technology and the Web to maximize the learning experience. Previously, Sequeira was director of technology strategy at Sony Corp.

William Shinbrot has joined West Hollywood-based Soundbreak.com as chief technology officer. He will be responsible for overseeing all technical operations, including the Web site and proprietary technologies.

Kenneth Williams has been appointed president and CEO of Los Angeles-based Stan Lee Media. Williams is a veteran of Sony Pictures Entertainment and was most recently president of its digital studios division.

Non-Profits

Michael Flood has been named executive director of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. He previously directed the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa.

Personnel

Edwin Andersen has been promoted to senior vice president of client relations at the Pasadena office of Lee Hecht Harrison. He will focus on strategic national accounts in the regional market, which covers Los Angeles, Pasadena, Woodland Hills, Riverside, Irvine and San Diego. Previously, Andersen served as vice president of business development.

Jane Caddell was appointed vice president of consulting services at the Employers Group, a not-for-profit human resources management association headquartered in Los Angeles. She was most recently manager of human resources at Atlantic Richfield Co.

Real Estate

Stephen I. Reinstein was named senior vice president of development at Regent Properties in Beverly Hills. He will act as project manager for the Hollywood Marketplace project at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street, and will oversee pre-development activities for the firm's new projects. Reinstein was previously a consultant to the company.

Retail

John Schroder was appointed group vice president of human resources and labor relations at Ralphs Grocery Co. in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for activities at the company's 446 supermarkets throughout California and in Las Vegas. Schroder was most recently director of human resources and labor relations for the Cincinnati Kroger Marketing Area.

Presiding Appellate Judge Returning to Private Practice

One of the top judges in L.A.'s courts is about to get a fresh look at the legal system from the other side of the bench.

George P. Schiavelli, presiding judge of the appellate division of Superior Court, will leave the bench July 17 to rejoin the ranks of private attorneys. He will be one of 13 attorneys in the L.A. appellate group of Oakland-based Crosby Heafey Roach & May, which has a total of 65 attorneys in its Los Angeles office.

"Coming from the bench, I'm hoping to bring a perspective as both a trial judge and an appellate court judge that others don't have," Schiavelli said.

Schiavelli, 52, has served as a Superior Court judge since 1994, specializing in "long-cause" cases (usually complex civil litigation).

In 1997, California Chief Justice Ronald George appointed Schiavelli to the appellate division. He was selected as presiding judge for the division last year and again this year. Chief Justice George also appointed Schiavelli to sit on the state Second District Court of Appeal.

"I view my tenure on the bench as the highlight of my professional career," Schiavelli said. "I am deeply saddened to leave, but an unanticipated illness in my family compels my decision."

Schiavelli won't be leaving the bench altogether, though. He has also joined the L.A. branch of Alternative Resolution Centers and says he will be available as a private judge to settle cases through alternative dispute resolution.

"I wanted to be a judge ever since I was a child, and this will allow me to help resolve disputes outside of the courts, thereby relieving pressure on the courts themselves," he said.

Prior to being named a judge, Schiavelli was an attorney in private practice and served as president of the Italian-American Lawyers Association. He is currently president of the UCLA Law Alumni Association board of directors.

Schiavelli earned his bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University in 1970 and his law degree from the UCLA in 1974.

Howard Fine

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