Aerospace & Defense

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. appointed Frederick L. Ricker as sector vice president and deputy, Programs; David L. Ryan as sector vice president and program director of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System; James M. Myers as vice president, Sensors and Payloads; and Stuart T. Linsky as vice president, Satellite Communications. Previously, Ricker was vice president and program deputy of NPOESS and Ryan was vice president, Sensors and Payload. Myers previously served as vice president, Satellite Communications and Linsky was program director of Space Technology's Transformational Communication Systems.

Architecture & Design
AECOM, a Los Angeles-based project design and management firm, appointed John M. Dionisio as chief executive and president. Dionisio previously was chief operating officer.
Wirt Design Group Inc., a Los Angeles-based interior architecture and design services firm, hired Laura Kennedy as vice president. Kennedy was previously director of business development at Los Angeles-based Nadel Architects.

Los Angeles-based Tarrant Apparel Group hired Jeffrey Tweedy as president of House of Dereon, its women's fashion line founded by hip-hop singer Beyonce Knowles. Tweedy was previously executive vice president of Sean John, the men's lifestyle brand of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.

Banking & Finance
Downey-based Financial Partners Credit Union promoted Linda Mason to learning and development director. Mason was previously learning and development manager.

Wells Fargo & Co. in Los Angeles moved Joe DeFur to regional managing director for private client services in Los Angeles. DeFur was previously private client services regional managing director of the Pacific Northwest.

Republik Games Inc., a Hollywood-based publisher developing sexually-themed video games for women, hired Glennis McClellan as head of production. McClellan was previously lead artist at Disney's Buena Vista Games division in Los Angeles.

HorseTV Channel, based in Calabasas, hired Craig MacEachern as senior vice president of production and Mitch Miller as vice president of sponsorship and sales. MacEachern was previously vice president of on-air production and facility operations at the WB television network and Miller was director of marketing for the National High School Rodeo Association.

El Segundo-based DirecTV Inc. hired Paul Guyardo as executive vice president, chief marketing officer. Guyardo was previously senior vice president, chief marketing officer at Kmart in Troy, Mich.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Ed Ebrahimian as director of the Bureau of Street Lighting within the Department of Public Works. Ebrahimian was previously interim director.

Health Care
Bench International, a Beverly Hills-based search firm specializing in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and health care sectors, hired Simon Jones as executive director. Jones was previously a consultant at Sokolov Sokolov Burgess in Tustin.


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