Banking & Finance

Erik P. Dickerson was named vice president of commercial lending at American Business Bank in Los Angeles. He will specialize in corporate account management and business development. Dickerson was most recently vice president and relationship manager at Mellon First Business Bank.

Joel R. Matthiesen was named vice president of trust administration for Bankers Trust Private Banking in Los Angeles. He will administer trusts and estates for significant clients in the Western region. Matthiesen was formerly an assistant vice president and trust officer at Union Bank of California.

Christopher Ochs and Steven B. Staver were promoted to managing directors for the leveraged finance and collateralized debt portfolios at SunAmerica Corporate Finance in Los Angeles. Ochs will serve as portfolio manager and Staver will serve as deputy portfolio manager of leveraged finance. Both will be responsible for the company's collateralized debt obligation portfolios and other bank debt investments. Ochs was previously an investor for the company while Staver was involved in the firm's credit selection and ongoing management of bank loans.


Mohammad Qayoumi was appointed vice president of administration and finance at Cal State Northridge. He will oversee budget and facilities planning, the controller's office, financial and accounting services, human resources, physical plant management, public safety, purchasing, and logistical services and reprographics. Qayoumi was formerly vice chancellor for administrative services at University of Missouri at Rolla.


Lawrence Aldridge was appointed vice president of global category sourcing for Walt Disney Co. in Burbank. He will be responsible for development and execution of sourcing and supply management strategies. Aldridge was previously chief procurement officer for Atlantic Richfield Co. Also, Don Goodman and Eric Haseltine were promoted to executive vice presidents at Walt Disney Imagineering. Goodman will be responsible for daily management and will oversee design and development of the company's theme parks and resorts. He was most recently senior vice president of attractions development. Haseltine will oversee all research and development activities. He was previously senior vice president and chief scientist of research and development.

Keith Gorham was promoted to senior vice president of industrial relations at Universal Studios in Universal City. He will be responsible for supervising and coordinating labor relations activities including negotiating, administering and devising policies for all collective bargaining agreements for Universal Pictures and Universal Studios. Gorham was previously vice president of industrial relations.

Len Grossi was appointed president of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Columbia TriStar Television in Culver City. He will oversee the network television division, the family entertainment division and the Game Show Network as well as managing distribution deals and overseeing the firm's investment in Telemundo. Grossi was formerly a senior executive vice president at UPN.


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