Accounting & Consulting

Christina Carroll, Todd Moody and Michael Okabayashi have all been promoted to partner in the downtown Los Angeles office of Ernst & Young. Carroll is with the company's center for strategic transactions, an independent unit that advises top executives on a range of capital market issues. Before joining the firm in 1998, she was a vice president at Duff & Phelps. Moody serves as West Coast relationship manager for Ernst & Young's technology, communications and entertainment industry group. He was an analyst for J.P. Morgan & Co. in New York before joining the firm. Okabayashi is a member of the firm's specialty services tax practice, which provides customized tax strategies to high-growth companies. He serves clients in technology, communications and manufacturing industries.

Rose Chan has joined Deloitte & Touche as a senior manager in the federal tax controversy services group in the Los Angeles office. Chan previously worked for Atlantic Richfield Co.

Banking & Finance

Robert A. Brito has been appointed senior vice president and manager of the loan participation group at Manufacturers Bank in Los Angeles. The unit develops relationships with other financial institutions to sell and purchase participations in middle-market commercial loans. Brito previously served as relationship manager at Community Bank. He also was executive vice president and chief credit officer at Sterling Bank.

Karen L. Yamamoto has been promoted to senior vice president of the Los Angeles office of U.S. Trust Co. N.A., an investment management company that also provides fiduciary and private banking services to affluent individuals, families and institutions. Yamamoto has served as a compliance and risk manager for the West Coast division of the firm. Yamamoto previously worked for First Interstate Bank.


Mitchel Zelinger has been appointed vice president of sales at Carr Construction, a general contractor in Los Alamitos specializing in commercial tenant improvements. Prior to joining Carr, Zelinger served as president of On-Site Fabricare, a furniture refurbishing company.


Chris Lin has been named finishing editor of Studio City, a broadcast marketing company in Los Angeles that creates on-air promotion campaigns for television studios. He will work on promotions for such series as "Change of Heart," "The Pretender," "The X-Files," and "3rd Rock From the Sun." Lin was previously a freelance editor and an assistant editor for Open Films Productions.

Rod Perth has been named president of television and will lead the development of a new network for Moviewatch, which uses multimedia to provide information about movies. He will be responsible for all operations and programming. Previously, Perth was president of USA Networks Entertainment and has also been president of Jim Henson Television. Also, Gary Thorne has been named president and chief operating officer. Thorne will oversee all multimedia operations. His previously worked at U.S. Satellite Broadcasting and Audio King Inc.


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