Newsmakers

Troubled Health Company's New CFO Targeting Growth

Fountain View Inc., the troubled Burbank-based health care company, has named John Harrison chief financial officer, a move that completes a management shakeup.

Harrison arrives as the company tries to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Three other new senior management executives, including Chief Executive Boyd Hendrickson, have been hired since the bankruptcy filing last October.

The Burbank-based company, which operates 43 skilled nursing and six assisted living facilities in California and Texas, got hit last year with a hike in liability insurance rates and a dispute with the federal government over Medicare. That prompted it to default on over $200 million in debt incurred after a 1998 merger. It also was hit with a $6.1 million judgment resulting from the death of a resident at one of its homes.

Currently, Fountain View is appealing the judgment while also discussing settlement agreements with the plaintiffs, Harrison said.

Hendrickson said Fountain View's operating results were ahead of target for the first quarter and he foresees coming out of bankruptcy protection at the end of the first quarter of 2003. "I think we are on track for about nine months," he said.

In the future, Harrison said the company is looking to grow through "selective acquisitions."

"We have a solid management team, which is a good way to get things off the ground. Our cash flow is looking good and in the future, we hope to see that continue," he said.

Previously, Harrison, 42, spent 19 years at Beverly Enterprises Inc., the Fort Smith, Ark.-based long-term care firm with more than 500 facilities in 38 states. He most recently held the post of vice president-finance of its Beverly Care Alliance subsidiary.

Harrison, who is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Virginia, is married with two boys, ages 7 and 11.

Dana Brody



Accounting

Scott Spector has been appointed executive director of business development for the PricewaterhouseCoopers' entertainment and media practice in Century City. Most recently, Spector was chairman, chief executive and president of Venture, a business-to-business satellite broadband provider.

Architecture

Antoinette Bunkley and Julie Root have become associate partners in Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership's Los Angeles office. Bunkley joined the firm in 2000 and served as project manager for the programming of Psychology Building 1 at the University of California, Riverside. Root joined the firm in 1996 and was an adviser for the California Science Center Phase II World of Ecology facility at Exposition Park. The firm also named Claus Best, Stephen Brown, Eric Hammerlund, Mauricio Ortega, Steven Park, Craig Rizzo and James Woolum as associates.

Biotechnology

David Hirsch has been named senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Alpha Therapeutic Corp. Hirsch, a former vice president of sales and marketing at Nexell Therapeutics, will oversee efforts to expand Alpha's position in the global market for plasma derived products.

Business Services

Recruiting firm JobPlex has added Ryan Morelli and Stephen Aylsworth as vice presidents in the company's Los Angeles office. Previously, Ryan was vice president of investments at Morgan Stanley and Aylsworth was with B. Riley as a trader of national market stocks.



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Communications

J.C. Flores has been named director of national communications for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Most recently, Flores worked as a publicist for KCET-TV.

Consulting

John Nackel was named chairman and chief operating officer of Sertan, an employment consulting firm. His responsibilities will include building Sertan's market share and managing its health care division. Prior to joining Sertan, Nackel was with Ernst & Young and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young for 25 years.

Education

Lawrence Lokman has been appointed vice chancellor of university communications at UCLA. Lokman will be responsible for overseeing internal and external communications for UCLA. Previously, Lokman was vice president of Rogers & Associates.

Entertainment

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Health Care

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Law

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Technology

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Telecommunications

Justin Chris-Tensen has been promoted to vice president and general manager of TelePacific Communication's Telepartner Program, Southern California region. He will oversee administrative and sales activities in the region and help develop customer service programs. Previously, Chris-Tensen was the company's vice president of marketing and product development.



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