Castells & Asociados, an independent Hispanic advertising agency based in Los Angeles, has hired Manuel Carvajal as executive broadcast producer. Carvajal was previously executive producer at Y & R; Bravo Group's MD in Irvine.

Heery International in Long Beach hired Sandra Partridge as project manager. Partridge was previously an interior designer for Seal Furniture of San Diego.

Banking & Finance
Karl W. Dakin was named senior vice president of CDR Financial Products and national sales director for GRIP Retirement LLC. Dakin was previously a consultant at Chicago-based Mercer Investment Consulting group.

Design Partners Inc., an association of lighting designers and directors of photography in Hollywood, appointed Marisa Davis to partner. Davis was a lighting designer at the firm.

THQ Inc., an entertainment software developer in Calabasas Hills, hired Bob Finlayson as vice president of corporate communications. Finlayson was previously president and chief executive of the international communications consulting firm Burson-Marsteller in San Francisco.

Lifetime Entertainment Services Inc. in Los Angeles hired Susanne Daniels as president of entertainment. Daniels was previously in charge of programming at Burbank-based WB Television Network.

Graciela Burbank, a boutique hotel in Burbank, hired Shawn L. Gracey as General Manager. Gracey was previously the General Manager at Le Merigot, a JW Marriott Beach Hotel & Spa in Santa Monica.

Countrywide Insurance Group in Calabasas hired Coralee Talmage as senior vice president of Countrywide Insurance Services employee benefits practice. Talmage was previously executive director for the employee benefits department of PrideMark Insurance Agency.

Pierce & Weiss LLP in Los Angeles hired Sean Gandhi as an attorney. Gandhi was formerly an associate with Ford Walker Haggerty & Behar LLP in Long Beach.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Los Angeles named Steven Hilton chairman and chief executive. Hilton is also president of the foundation.

WISE Senior Services, a Santa Monica-based non-profit organization serving seniors and their families and caregivers, hired Grace Cheng Braun as president and chief executive. Braun was previously an executive business coach and management consultant with various clients.

The Writers Guild Foundation in Los Angeles promoted Angela Wales Kirgo to executive director. Kirgo was previously program director.

ViewSonic Americas Corp., a visual display products leader based in Walnut, promoted Brian Igoe to vice president of field sales and hired Steve Woo as vice president of sales operations. Igoe was most recently vice president of U.S. sales at ViewSonic and Woo was previously vice president of the information technology division of BenQ Corp. in Irvine.

Westinghouse Digital Electronics, an LCD TV and monitor provider based in Santa Fe Springs, has hired Rey Roque as vice president of marketing. Roque was most recently vice president of marketing at Samsung Electronics in Irvine.

Sprint promoted Roxanne Nelson to general business sales manager in Los Angeles. She was previously an account executive.

Internet Brands Inc., a Los Angeles-based operator of media and e-commerce sites for consumer purchases, hired Stacey M. Peterson as chief financial officer and Martin R. Melone as a member of its board. Peterson was previously chief financial officer for TTM Technologies in Los Angeles. Melone retired from his position as a partner of Ernst & Young LLP in Los Angeles in 2001.

5G Wireless Communications Inc. in Marina del Rey hired Lawrence C. Early as chief financial officer and principal accounting officer. He was most recently CFO of uWink Inc., an entertainment software developer in Los Angeles.

Arrowhead Research Corp., a Pasadena-based nanotechnology company, hired Howard Lovy as director of communications. Lovy was previously a founding editor of Small Times Media, based out of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Electronic Clearing House Inc., a Camarillo-based provider of electronic payment processing services, hired Charles J. Harris as president and chief operating officer. Harris was most recently president of Merchant Link, based in Silver Spring, Md.

Real Estate
Dirk Aulabaugh has joined Alvarez & Marsal as a senior director in the professional service firm's Los Angeles office, as part of the firm's real estate advisory services group. Aulabaugh was previously a director with Huron Consulting Group.

AMB Property Corp. hired Kim B. Snyder as senior vice president for West Coast development based in the Los Angeles regional office. He was formerly president of Paragon Capital Corp.

BentleyForbes, a national commercial real estate investment company based in Century City, promoted Shane Cates to managing director, acquisitions. Cates was previously senior vice president, mortgage finance for the company.

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