Accounting & Consulting
Joel L. Baumblatt was appointed partner in charge of the business management practice at Gaytan Kallman & Co. in Brentwood. He practices in business management and taxation, with emphasis on entertainment and legal services. Baumblatt was previously head of his own practice.
Alexis Jensen was named partner at Adonek & Wolowicz Accountancy Corp. in Torrance. She consults on audit and tax work and assists small to mid-sized businesses with financing and growth decisions. Jensen was previously a partner in her own practice in West Los Angeles.
John Symes was elected president of the California Motor Car Dealer Association. He will be responsible for leading the group in supporting legislation favorable to the state's new car franchising system. Symes is the owner of Symes Cadillac/Land Rover and Symes Toyota in Pasadena.
Banking & Finance
Michael W. Gull was named director of investment services at Payden & Rygel Investment Group in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for acting as liaison with registered investment advisors nationwide. Gull was most recently an investment professional with Charles Schwab & Co.
John Roberts was named senior vice president and marketing manager for Fleet Capital Corp.'s Western division in Sherman Oaks. He will be responsible for marketing strategies and objectives and will develop and expand relationships with sponsor groups, financial intermediaries and prospective clients in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. Roberts was previously senior marketing officer for the Western division.
Paul V. Woolway was promoted to senior vice president for the community and retail banking group at Sanwa Bank California in Los Angeles. He will oversee planning and administration for the division. Woolway was previously head of strategic project planning and business improvement for the bank.
Deborah Giles was promoted to vice president of administrative services at Carsey-Werner in Studio City. She will manage administration and facilities at all domestic and international distribution offices. Giles was previously director of purchasing and travel for the company and will continue to oversee that area.
Debra Goldfarb was appointed president and principal at Ken Lindner & Associates, a Los Angeles-based talent agency. She will represent broadcast journalists and TV producers. Goldfarb was most recently an agent with Creative Artists Agency.
Gerald Kozai was promoted to senior vice president of operations for the Southern market of Catholic Healthcare West Southern California in Pasadena. He will be responsible for operations at six Los Angeles-area medical centers. Kozai was most recently president of the St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood and the Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center in Hawthorne. Peter P. Aprato was promoted to president of St. Francis and Robert F. Kennedy Medical Centers. He will oversee all hospital operations and was formerly administrator and chief operating officer at the facilities. Also, Steven A. Fellows was appointed president of San Gabriel Valley Medical Center in San Gabriel, which is operated by Catholic Healthcare West. He will oversee all hospital operations and was previously chief operating officer and senior vice president at Glendale Memorial Hospital.
Thea Iberall was appointed chief scientist and vice president of engineering at United Internet Technologies. She will focus on development of technology for use with business and consumer applications. Iberall was formerly managing director of the Entertainment Technology Center at USC's School of Cinema-Television.
Scott DeVries was appointed managing partner at Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott in Los Angeles. He will oversee daily operations and manage the firm's growth. DeVries was previously a member of the company's compensation committee.
Roderick G. Dorman has joined Hennigan and Bennett in Los Angeles as a name partner. He specializes in technology and patent cases for clients including Yahoo and Avery Dennison. Dorman was most recently a partner and co-chair of the worldwide patent and technology group at O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles.
Jane Shay Wald was named head of the trademark practice at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles. She concentrates on intellectual property and copyright issues. Wald was formerly chair of the trademark practice group at Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly.
Len Mazzocco was appointed senior vice president of product development at Jakks Pacific Inc. in Malibu. He will oversee development of new products for the infant, pre-school, plush and games division. Mazzocco was previously senior vice president of product design at Fisher Price.
Philip M. Neal was named chairman and chief executive at Avery Dennison Corp. in Pasadena. He will oversee all company divisions and provide strategic direction. Neal was previously president and chief operating officer at the company. Also, Dean A. Scarborough was promoted to president and chief operating officer. He will be responsible for daily operations. Scarborough was most recently group vice president for the firm's global pressure-sensitive materials business.
Karen J. Peterson was named vice president of sales and marketing at Southland Bagel Co. in Carson. She will oversee expansion of food service channels and will devise an accompanying marketing plan. Peterson was previously an independent food service consultant.
Andrea Korpita was appointed advertising director at the LA Weekly in Los Angeles. She will oversee the display advertising staff and create new revenue streams. Korpita was most recently an account manager at Variety.
Spence Bovee was named vice president of broadband and convergence at Playboy.com in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for conceiving, implementing and managing programming strategies for broadband online properties, wireless initiatives and interactive programming efforts. Bovee was formerly vice president of business development for Wavo Corp.
Randy Herbertson was appointed vice president of sales at iFUSE.com, a youth culture Web site based in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for new-media advertising sales and developing syndication opportunities. Herbertson was most recently sales director at IGN.com.
Casey Hughes was named acting chief technology officer at smalloffice.com, a Malibu-based Web site that provides integrated communications technologies to home-based businesses. He will be responsible for all information technology, including site architecture and database management. Hughes was formerly chief community officer for the firm.
Robin Dodson, Amy McNamara and Catherine Moffatt were promoted to vice presidents at Grubb & Ellis Co. in the City of Industry. Dodson specializes in the sales and leasing of industrial buildings. McNamara concentrates on office sales and leasing. Moffatt focuses on sales and leasing of industrial, office and investment properties. All three were previously associate vice presidents with the company.
Rob Robbins was appointed vice president and branch manager at Collins Commercial Corp. in Gardena. He will manage branch sales staff in commercial real estate activities. Robbins was most recently vice president of marketing for Pacific Business Capital in Costa Mesa.
James McGehee was promoted to vice president and chief financial officer at Louise's Trattoria in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for financing, identifying expansion opportunities and formulating alliances and partnerships. McGehee was previously controller. Also, Michael Ronan was promoted to director of purchasing and research and development for the restaurant chain. He will be responsible for food and beverage purchasing, quality assurance programs and new product development. Ronan was formerly purchasing manager.
David Benwell was named chief financial officer at TelePacific Communications in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for managing the company's financial growth and will oversee accounting and finance. Benwell was most recently a principal with Rader Reinfrank & Co.
Rudi Schreiner was appointed president and chief executive at Viking River Cruises USA in Woodland Hills. He will manage the U.S. division of the European cruise line. Schreiner was previously vice president of tour planning at Uniworld.
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