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.


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