Martin Lakatos AIA was named principal at Widom Wein Cohen O'Leary Terewasa, a Santa-Monica-based architectural firm. He was formerly responsible for managing major capital improvements at Kaiser Permanente's Fontana Medical Center. WWCOT also named Eric C. Demott project manager in the firm's Riverside office. Demott joins WWCOT from DBA Architects Inc. (formerly Damianos Brown Andrews Inc.).

Banking & Finance
Ares Management LLC, a Los Angeles-based investment firm, named David Hinman portfolio manager in Ares Capital Markets Group. Hinman was formerly a portfolio manager at Pacific Management Co. in Newport Beach.

Whitmont Legal Technologies Inc., a litigation support services and consulting company, appointed Michael J. Feeney vice president of on-site outsourcing services. Feeney previously served as national vice president for Merrill Corp., a provider of electronic and paper document and information management services.

Alvarez & Marsal, a global professional services firm, named Greg Gotthardt managing director in its Los Angeles office. Previously, Gotthardt was a partner in the real estate advisory services practice of Ernst & Young.

Sharon Ben-Shahar and J. Scott Hacker joined the Los Angeles-based law firm of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks & Lincenberg. The firm focuses on complex criminal and civil litigation. Ben-Shahar previously clerked for Los Angeles-based U.S. District Judge Robert J. Kelleher and was an extern for U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson. Hacker was a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division.

Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP appointed Henry B. La Torraca of counsel in its downtown Long Beach office. La Torraca formerly was with La Torraca and Goettsch in Long Beach, and specializes in civil litigation.

Univision Communications Inc., a Spanish-language media company, promoted Ray Rodriguez to president and chief operating officer. Rodriguez was previously the president of Univision Network, along with the company's cable network, Galavision, and its broadcast network, TeleFutura.

DMX Music promoted Stacey Sampo to vice president for affiliate sales and marketing. Sampo previously held the title of vice president, U.S. broadband. Los Angeles-based DMX Music deals in digital music and visual imaging programming.

Initiative, a media services company, hired Michael Hayes as vice president, interactive marketing for its Los Angeles office. Formerly, Hayes was head of the media services and strategic planning group at 10th Degree, a direct response and interactive agency serving firms that include Mitsubishi Motors and the Orange County Register.

Mike Iverson joined Infinity's Classic Rock KCBS-FM (93.1) as its top sales executive. He was formerly with Viacom's Spike TV, where he helped launch the male-targeted cable TV network.

5.1 Production Services, a division of 5.1 Entertainment Group, promoted Sandi Taylor to vice president, production. Taylor had been director of sales and marketing for the Los Angeles-based production services firm.

DirecTV Group Inc. appointed Stacy Fuller vice president of regulatory affairs and Andrew Reinsdorf vice president of government affairs. Fuller served as media legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy. Reinsdorf was senior vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters.

CinemaNow, a broadband video-on-demand distribution and technology firm, promoted Bruce Eisen to president. Previously, Eisen was involved in a distribution and marketing partnership with MSN.

CYOP Systems International Inc., a provider of online video games, named Randy Peterson to its board. Peterson is a retired police detective.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles named Cathy Siegel Weiss chairwoman of its board. Weiss previously served as vice president of the foundation and as co-chair of its marketing committee. The foundation is a manager of charitable assets and provider of planned giving solutions for Southern California Jewish philanthropists.

Public Relations
FischerHealth Inc., a strategic communication firm specializing in health care and a wholly owned subsidiary of Porter Novelli, appointed Mary C. Plock senior vice president. Before joining FischerHealth, Plock served as a partner with Polidais LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs group.

Real Estate
Mark Berman was appointed senior vice president and head of office operations in Los Angeles for Equis Corp., a real estate firm focused on business clients. Berman was formerly managing director with Coldwell Banker Commercial's national corporate services group.

L.A.-based CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. promoted Brett White to chief executive. Previously, White was president of the commercial real estate firm.

Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds named Neville Rhone vice president. Previously, Rhone was a vice president with Morgan Stanley Real Estate.

Jackson B. Smith was named a partner of Newcastle Partners, a commercial real estate company specializing in investment and development of industrial and office properties in California. Previously, Smith was senior development manager for Panattoni Development.

Robertson Properties Group promoted Gregory J. Swedelson to vice president of acquisitions and leasing and hired Mark Weinstock as vice president and senior counsel. Previously, Swedelson was vice president and senior counsel. Weinstock was a partner in the global hospitality group and real estate department of the Los Angeles-based law firm of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP.

Beecher Carlson Holdings Inc., a global insurance firm, hired Noreen Graham as managing director for the firm's Los Angeles office. Graham previously worked for Arthur J. Gallagher as an alternative risk financing specialist and new business producer.

The Los Angeles Dodgers named Steve Shiffman vice president, ticket sales. Shiffman joins the Dodgers following five seasons as the director of ticket sales and customer service for the Anaheim Angels.

Microcosm Inc., an aerospace firm based in El Segundo, appointed Ivett A. Leyva senior aerodynamicist. She will be responsible for analysis and testing of rocket engine performance and vehicle aerodynamics for low-cost launch vehicles. Leyva was most recently at Exponent Corp., where she managed experiments to determine the cause, origin and prevention of explosions and fires.

ISWest, a broadband network technology company based in Agoura Hills, named Scott Youngs director of operations. Previously, Youngs was director of technology and infrastructure services at J.D. Power and Associates.

Pentadyne Power Corp., a Chatsworth-based manufacturer of advanced flywheel power systems, named Frank DeLattre senior vice president of sales. Previously, DeLattre served in senior management roles with Cherokee International, Active Power, Deltec Electronics and Topaz.

Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals LP, which operates terminals at the Port of Los Angeles, promoted Fred W. van Deventer to vice president of contract administration.

MCL Distributing Inc., a grower, shipper and distributor of 4-Earth Brand conventional and organic specialty produce, hired Jeanette DeConinck Hertzler as senior account manager. She was formerly an account manager at Frieda's Inc.

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