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.

Walter M. Narajowski was appointed president and chief executive of Malibu-based Pathway Diagnostics Corp., a biomarker assay development and commercialization company. Previously, Narajowski was vice president and general manager of Focus Diagnostics' infectious disease reference laboratory.

Pasadena-based Richardson & Harman LLP hired John F. Juenger as associate. Juenger was previously an associate with Green Broillet Panish & Wheeler in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica-based Newmeyer & Dillion LLP hired Gary F. Torrell as a partner specializing in business litigation and corporate transactions. Torrell was previously executive vice president and general counsel for Downey Savings and Downey Financial Corp. of Newport Beach.

Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan LLP, a Los Angeles-based firm specializing in business and entertainment litigation, hired Rachael Simonoff Wexler as partner in the transactional department. Wexler was previously partner at Guth Christopher LLP in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles-based White & Case hired Glenn W. Trost as a partner. Trost was previously managing partner of the Los Angeles office of now-defunct Coudert Brothers.

Westlake Village-based Dole Food Co. hired Dr. Thomas Farewell as vice president, worldwide applied research. Farewell was previously president and chief executive of the Oceanic Institute in Hawaii.

Atlanta-based Grizzard Performance Group hired Melissa Allensworth as West Coast business development manager, based in Los Angeles. Allensworth previously was director of business development and strategic alliances at Ventura-based US Data Management.

Santa Monica-based Weston/Mason Marketing promoted Synthia Jones to media director. Jones was previously media manager.

TMSF Holdings Inc., a Los Angeles-based financial holding company engaged in nationwide mortgage banking, hired Scott J. Reading as an executive vice president. Reading was previously president and chief executive at AMRESCO Residential Credit.

The Autry National Center in Los Angeles named Tina Johann vice president of institutional advancement. She was previously chief development officer and campaign executive director at Children's Bureau.

Public Relations
Los Angeles-based CarryOn Comunication Inc. hired Claudia Bloom as senior vice president and lifestyle brand practice leader. Bloom was previously senior vice president at Edelman in Los Angeles.

Real Estate
Shea Homes, the Walnut-based homebuilder, promoted Eric Snider to national vice president of sales and marketing. Snider was previously vice president of sales and marketing at Shea Homes Trilogy Communities in Arizona.

Arnco, a South Gate-based supplier of polyurethane fill for tires, hired Chris A. Daum as OEM sales manager for Carefree Tires. Daum was previously OEM sales manager for Sommer Metalcraft Corp. based in Crawfordsville, Ind.

All-Travel, a Los Angeles-based provider of travel services, hired Hans Rood as executive vice president and promoted David Van Ness to vice president of marketing and Laurie Sugita to vice president of technology. Previously, Hans Rood was director of national accounts at Holland-America in Seattle, Van Ness was director of business and Internet development, and Sugita was director of IT and technology.

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