Advertising & P.R.

Kris Ellenberg has been promoted to senior vice president at Manning, Selvage & Lee, a public relations firm in Los Angeles. She oversees creative and strategic direction for campaigns for Nike and Namco. She has also developed successful branding programs for eBay and General Motors, among others. Ellenberg was most recently vice president.

Banking & Finance

Edward M. James has been promoted to executive vice president and manager of the commercial banking division at Manufacturers Bank in Los Angeles. Sverre Thomassen has been promoted to executive vice president and manager of the sales and support services division. In his new role, James will direct the bank's middle-market commercial banking activities and oversee seven commercial lending regions and eight branch locations. He most recently served as a senior vice president. Thomassen will lead a newly created sales and support services division. He was most recently a senior vice president and regional manager.

Alan E. Wright has joined Mellon 1st Business Bank as vice president and relationship manager in the West Los Angeles regional office. He will be responsible for developing new relationships with middle-market firms in the greater Los Angeles area, as well as monitoring a growing commercial loan portfolio. Wright was most recently at California Bank & Trust, where he was vice president and senior commercial banking officer.


Terry D. Piper has been appointed vice president of student affairs at California State University, Northridge. In his new post, Piper will be responsible for virtually all student life aspects of the university, including outreach and recruitment, public safety, housing and athletics. He was most recently assistant vice president for student life at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Karen Sherman has been named corporate senior vice president and chief information officer at Earth Tech, a provider of water management, engineering technology and environmental and transportation services in Long Beach. She will be responsible for the overall strategy, operation and integration of Earth Tech's information, business development and technology systems, as well as its graphics services. Prior to joining Earth Tech, Sherman was a director for CGI Consulting Services.


JoAn Cho has been appointed to associate director of business and legal affairs for the Universal Music Group in Santa Monica. She will be responsible for handling pre-litigation matters, as well as overseeing and managing litigation for UMG. Prior to her appointment, Cho served as an associate for Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP in Los Angeles.

Dede Gardner has been promoted to senior vice president of production for the motion picture group of Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. In her new position, she will work closely with the film and publishing communities to identify, procure and develop properties for feature film production. Before joining Paramount, Gardner worked in the William Morris Agency's literary department in New York.

Wyman Roberts has been appointed executive vice president, marketing chief marketing officer for the Universal Studios recreation group in Universal City. He will oversee all worldwide marketing strategies, sales activities, consumer positioning and brand development for Universal Studios' recreation properties. He most recently spent 17 years at Darden Restaurants Inc.


LeaAnn Pelham has been named executive director of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Pelham will manage a 22-member staff at the commission, which was created by voters in 1990 to administer and enforce a comprehensive set of governmental ethics, campaign finance and lobbying laws for the city of Los Angeles. She has been with the commission since 1991 and has been serving as the interim executive director since October 2000.

Larry Kosmont has been appointed as a member of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. As a member, he will work with the board to protect ground and surface water quality in the Los Angeles region, including the coastal watersheds of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. He is president and founder of the Kosmont Cos.


Steve Howard, Devan D. Beck, Yakub Hazzard and Karen L. Dillon have all joined Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan LLP in Los Angeles, as partners. Howard's practice focuses on securities, mergers and acquisitions, directors' and officers' liability, legal and accounting liability, and the entertainment industry. He was formerly a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Beck, who headed the intellectual property litigation practice at Milbank, Tweed, represents clients in complex disputes addressing a broad range of topics, including securities fraud, legal and accounting malpractice, unfair competition, patent infringement and commercial leases. Hazzard is bringing the firm his commercial litigation practice, which emphasizes entertainment, intellectual property and insurance coverage disputes. He was formerly a partner at Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP. Dillon is an entertainment litigator with a wide-ranging practice in motion picture, television, entertainment, sports and new media. Previously, she was a partner Stein & Kahan.

Vivian L. Rescalvo has joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, as a senior policy and land-use planner in its Los Angeles office. She will serve as a key part of the firm's planning team, developing strategies to help clients add value to their activities. Rescalvo was most recently a deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.


Joseph A. Spano has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer of WorldLink LLC, a Los Angeles media buyer devoted solely to infomercial and direct response spot sales. He will be directly responsible for all financial affairs of WorldLink, and will be actively involved with administration, strategic planning and analysis, and day-to-day operations. Spano most recently served as acting president and CEO of two California-based Internet startups.

New Media

Nancy Sullivan has been appointed senior vice president of media relations at, a convergent music media network in Los Angeles. Sullivan will be responsible for directing media relations in addition to executing media campaigns for a new interactive music venture. Previously, she served as senior director of press and artist relations for Island Records.

Andy Trincia has joined Rainmaker Interactive's newly acquired Manhattan Beach office as vice president of the public relations and marketing practice. He will be charged with leading and building Rainmaker's West Coast marketing and public relations division. He was most recently with Fidelity Investments in Boston, where he served as director of media relations.


Perry L. Segal has been named senior executive vice president, operations of CT Engineering Corp., a technical placement firm in El Segundo. He will head CT Technology Group, a new expansion undertaken by the company to meet its increased demand for information technology professionals.

Real Estate

Kevin C. Farr has been promoted to vice president, residential, Valencia division of the Newhall Land and Farming Co. He will oversee all Valencia residential development, including entitlements, marketing and land sales. He was most recently senior vice president/controller of Valencia Co.


Dan Revetto has been named director of external affairs for Pacific Bell in the San Gabriel Valley. He will be responsible for corporate affairs, industry relations, government affairs and community relations for 18 cities and communities throughout the eastern most portion of the San Gabriel Valley. Most recently, Revetto was chief of staff for former U.S. Rep. James E. Rogan, R-Glendale.

Tourism & Conventions

Ray Gonzalez has been named director of event management and services for the Pasadena Conference Center. In his new position, Gonzalez will oversee all aspects of the events department, which assists and coordinates service for clients who are holding meetings, conventions or tradeshows in the center. Before joining the center, he served as a director of tradeshow development for the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers.

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