Advertising & P.R.

Elizabeth Ausman was named executive vice president and director of business development, corporate strategy and business planning at the Los Angeles office of Initiative Media North America, a media buying and planning firm. She will be responsible for identifying and creating new opportunities and setting short- and long-term goals. Ausman was most recently senior vice president and director of corporate strategy and development at Campbell-Ewald.

Architecture

Marco Pizzo was promoted to principal at Carmen Nordsten Igonda Design in West Hollywood. He will focus on developing interior design direction and will be responsible for corporate and institutional projects. Pizzo was formerly a senior associate.

Nick Seierup was named director of design and a principal at the California practice of Perkins & Will in Santa Monica. He will oversee design conceptualization and planning for a number of markets, including regional health care, science and technology, education and corporate commercial. Seierup was most recently a partner with Steven Ehrlich Architects in Culver City.

Banking & Finance

Jeff Kreager was promoted to executive vice president at the Los Angeles office of Union Bank of California. He will oversee credit decisions in specialized lending, which targets energy capital services, corporate capital markets, communications and media. Kreager was previously senior vice president.

Biotechnology

Paul A. Foster was named vice president of clinical research at Alpha Therapeutic Corp., a Los Angeles-based developer of plasma-derived biopharmaceutical products. He will be responsible for managing clinical trials and biostatistical functions involving products awaiting regulatory approval. Foster was most recently director of medical affairs for the diagnostic division of Abbott Laboratories.

Entertainment

Gail Berman was named president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Co. in Los Angeles. She will be responsible for all program development and scheduling, as well as marketing and promotions. Berman was previously president of Regency Television.

Robert F. Callahan was promoted to president of the ABC Broadcast Group in Los Angeles. He was most recently president of broadcasting. Also, Olivia Cohen-Cutler was promoted to vice president of broadcast standards and practices. She will be responsible for departmental operations and will act as liaison to academic, business, community and medical groups for broadcast content issues. Cohen-Cutler was most recently vice president of television business affairs.

Health Care

Linda Ash-Jackson was appointed senior vice president and principal of Sokolov, Schwab, Bennett, a Los Angeles-based health care management consulting and development firm. She will be responsible for consulting on mergers and acquisitions, managed care, disease management and systems design. Ash-Jackson was most recently vice president and national core medical director at Aetna U.S. Healthcare.

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