Banking & Finance

Takashi Fujishima and Ryoji Iwanaga have been appointed to positions at Manufacturers Bank in Los Angeles. Fujishima is the company's new chairman and chief executive. Most recently, he was executive vice president, international and corporate banking at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., the parent company of Manufacturers Bank. Iwanaga, who previously served as general manager of the private banking division at SMBC, will be serving as vice chairman. Also new at Manufacturers Bank are Shuji Hojo and Yaeko Lorimer, who have been hired to head up the company's 12th regional office in Torrance. Hojo, as manager of the new office, will be responsible for all areas of operation, including developing new commercial business, conducting market analyses and representing the bank in the South Bay community. Before joining the company he served as vice president at Sanwa Bank's Pacific Rim regional branch. Lorimer will be responsible for marketing at the Torrance office. She was previously assistant vice president and loan officer in the Japanese corporate department of the Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corp. in Los Angeles.

David Soleymani has been named managing director of First Capital Corp., a mortgage brokerage and banking firm that serves as the residential lending arm of Coldwell Banker. Based in Santa Monica, he will be responsible for training the company's 70-broker sales force. Soleymani was previously a senior vice president at the firm.


Ralph J. Capo has been appointed director of marketing for VTN West Inc., a consulting, land planning, civil engineering and surveying firm in Van Nuys. He will be responsible for client services, including marketing, business development and public relations.


Wayne Baruch, Susan Leary, Ron W. Roecker and Enrique Fernandez have been appointed to positions at the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Inc. in Santa Monica. Baruch has been named chief operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day management of the Recording Academy. Most recently, he produced "The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame" for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Leary, who will be serving as chief financial officer, was formerly vice president and controller of Ryland Mortgage. Roecker, the former vice president of brand marketing and creative strategy for Ketchum Inc., will be the Academy's director of communications. Fernandez has been appointed senior vice president/executive director of the Latin Recording Academy. He was previously a columnist at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where he wrote on South Florida's multicultural scene.

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