Erik Deutsch has been promoted to senior vice president at Tellem Worldwide, a Malibu-based public relations firm. He will manage Tellem's health care and biotechnology practices and supervise the company's health care, high tech and consumer products clients. Deutsch was previously an associate editor for Phillips Business.
Banking & Finance
David H. Brown has been appointed vice president/municipal leasing for Imperial Bank's equipment leasing division in Los Angeles. Brown will be responsible for developing and managing the bank's municipal leasing business. Prior to joining Imperial Bank, Brown spent 18 years at Pitney Bowes Credit Corp. Also appointed at Imperial Bank is Michael McCloskey, who will serve as managing director of its newly formed merchant and investment banking division. The new division will make merchant banking investments in middle-market companies. McCloskey was previously a CEO of a public company.
L. Andrew Gifford has joined the Los Angeles office of U.S. Trust N.A., an investment management and private banking company, as a senior vice president and senior fiduciary manager. Gifford will provide the company with estate planning expertise and will be responsible for outreach to the West Coast legal community. Previously, he was a partner with Riordan & McKinzie.
Tishman Construction Corp. in Los Angeles promoted John K. Cheung to first vice president/project executive and Michael B. Kamenir to the position of vice president. Cheung served as project executive on the recently completed Four Points by Sheraton near the Los Angeles International Airport. Previously, Kamenir served as Bay Area regional project manager for several projects.
David Peterson has been appointed director of marketing and business development at mStrategies, a consulting firm in El Segundo that specializes in services to the golf course and country club industries. Prior to joining the firm, Peterson was director of marketing at another consulting firm. He will be responsible for all marketing and advertising functions for the firm.
Sonia Hernandez has been selected as the first president of The LAAMP/LEARN Regional School Reform Alliance. Hernandez was previously a deputy superintendent of the Curriculum and Instructional Leadership Branch of the California Department of Education.
Robb Dalton has been named president of Fireworks Television U.S.A., a newly formed subsidiary of media company CanWest Entertainment. He will lead the company's Los Angeles operations. Previously, Dalton was a senior vice president of CBS Enterprises. Also appointed at Fireworks Television was Daniel Tibbets, who will head development efforts as vice president, entertainment. Tibbets was previously a president at Papazian Hirsch Entertainment.
John Rose has been named vice president, human resources for ABC Inc. He will be responsible for employee relations, recruiting and workforce development. Rose was previously vice president, human resources at ESPN.
Bernard Liller has been named West Coast director of client services for TransImage, a New York-based translation and multicultural graphic design firm. He will open the Los Angeles office and oversee sales and marketing for California exporters. Liller was previously director of TeleTRans.
Edward A. Colton was promoted to president and chief executive of Alpha Therapeutic Corp., a developer of plasma products headquartered in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for leading the company. Colton, a 19-year veteran of the company, was most recently chief operating officer.
Maleah Grover has joined the radiology department at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. During the past 15 years, Grover has collaborated on several major research projects to evaluate new cardiac imaging techniques. Her new role is intended to provide an opportunity for her to continue the development of cardiac applications.
Michael L. Wall has been appointed president of Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he will oversee its two campus facilities serving the San Fernando Valley. Wall is the former chief executive of Alameda County Health System in Oakland.
Robert Willett, a partner with the law firm O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles, has been named vice chair of the firm and member of the Office of the Chair, a senior leadership role at the firm. He will be responsible for internal issues such as productivity, compensation and partner selection. Willett currently serves as lead counsel on cases for Lockheed Martin Corp. and Apple Computer.
Dale Ford has been appointed director of Suppli Tool services at iSuppli Corp., an e-commerce company in El Segundo. He will develop information and advisory services for iSuppli and its customers, with an initial focus on the wireless marketplace. Ford was previously a chief analyst and director at Dataquest/Gartner Group.
Ross Levinsohn has been named senior vice president for News Digital Media, the U.S. digital division of News Corp. in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for delivering traffic to the News Digital Media Web and broadband sites. He will also develop global distribution opportunities for the company. Levinsohn is a former Alta Vista and CBS Sportsline executive.
William Harris has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer at CB Richard Ellis Investors in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for the company's global business plan. Harris was previously responsible for the oversight of institutional portfolio management at the firm. Also being promoted is Skip Beebe, who will now be executive managing director, organizational development. Beebe, currently executive managing director for the Eastern Division, will now be responsible for the CB Richard Ellis University conducted by USC.
Steven Gary Saltman has been appointed vice president, operations for Scanz Communications, a Santa Monica-based technology company. Saltman has expertise in the legal field, as well as in business and entertainment. Previously, he was general counsel for MCA Television. He joins Scanz Communications after starting Ablaze Entertainment, a Hollywood talent and marketing agency. Also, appointed as vice president, aviation security sales at Scanz Communications, is Charles Sander. He will be in charge of testing for airport and transportation security. Prior to joining Scanz, Sander was head of aviation security sales and marketing at Tyco Fire and Security.
Kathleen Smith has been promoted to regional vice president for Allegiance Telecom in Los Angeles. She will be responsible for sales to businesses in Los Angeles, Orange County and other markets. Previously, Smith was a city vice president.
Dave Zimmer has been appointed director, customer services for Everett Charles Technology, a manufacturer of electrical test products in Pomona. He will assume responsibility for customer service and field service functions. Previously, Zimmer was an operations manager in the semiconductor industry. In addition, Dave Buster was appointed corporate vice president, human resources at Everett Charles Technology. He will be responsible for the employee recruitment and personnel policies. Buster previously was vice president of human resources at Centis Inc. Everett Charles Technology also appointed Patrick T. Flynn to the position of group vice president, capital equipment. He will now lead electronic test equipment operations. Flynn was previously a business development vice president at a passenger flight-information-systems company.
Jo Ann Worthington has been promoted to the position of vice president, western region sales for the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau. She will be responsible for the overall sales objectives of the organization. Worthington previously served as associate vice president of sales for the bureau.
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