NEWSMAKERS Architecture

Rothenberg Sawasy Architects, a Los Angeles-based interior design studio, promoted Stacy Nochenson to associate. Nochenson was previously a member of the interior design staff.

First Bank hired Caroline Lee as regional vice president in the Alhambra office and Jenny Yu as regional vice president in the Rowland Heights office. Lee was previously a commercial lender at Manufacturers Bank in Los Angeles and Yu was branch manager at Bank of the West in Alhambra.

Mullin Consulting Inc., a firm specializing in benefit plans, promoted Susan Adam to vice president in its Los Angeles office. Adam was previously a senior managing associate.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. in Los Angeles hired Rick Sands as chief operating officer. Sands was previously president and chief operating officer at Glendale-based DreamWorks SKG.

California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez appointed Nitasha Sawhney and Diane Ujiiye to the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. Sawhney is an associate at Burke Williams & Sorensen LLP in Los Angeles and Ujiiye is director of the Asian and Pacific Islanders California Action Network.

California State Controller Steve Westly hired Ed Sanders as director of public affairs for Southern California. Sanders was previously chief of staff to Los Angeles City Council member Martin Ludlow.

Health Care
City of Hope Cancer Center, a research and treatment center in Duarte, hired Steven Hartranft as vice president of quality improvement and patient safety. Hartranft was previously senior clinical quality analyst at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Group board promoted Howard Wynne to medical director. Wynne retains his position as a physician in internal medicine.

Cirrus Health, a healthcare development and management company specializing in ambulatory surgery centers and short-stay hospitals, hired Nicole A. Gutierrez as director of nursing/administrator over the Linden Crest Surgery Center in Beverly Hills. Gutierrez was previously director of nursing at Solutions Multispecialty Surgical Center in Beverly Hills.

Hilton Hotels Corp. promoted Robert M. La Forgia to executive vice president and chief financial officer. La Forgia was senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Marsh Risk & Insurance Services in Los Angeles promoted Jim McCluskey as sales leader. McCluskey was previously managing director and client service leader in Marsh's European and Middle Eastern operations in the United Kingdom.

GNW-Evergreen Insurance Services LLC in Los Angeles hired Andrew Forchelli as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Forchelli was previously assistant vice president/regional underwriting manager at the Chubb Group of Insurance Cos. in Los Angeles.


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