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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.


Banking
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.


Consulting
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.


Entertainment
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.


Government
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.


Hospitality
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.


Insurance
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.


Music
The Pasadena Pops Orchestra hired John Hancock as executive director. Hancock was previously vice president and chief operating officer at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.


Non-Profit
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic-Los Angeles elected Corrinne L. Notkin to the board. Notkin is vice president, labor relations counsel, at Burbank-based Walt Disney Pictures and Television.


The Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services, a Los Angeles center for the education and treatment of at-risk youth, hired Stuart J. Rogoff as director of development. Rogoff was previously director of development at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago.


The Rand Corp., a Santa Monica-based non-profit research organization, hired Elizabeth Stacey as executive director of development. Stacey was previously chief consultant at Philanthropic Solutions in Simi Valley.


Manufacturing
Pelican Products, a Torrance-based flashlight manufacturer, hired John Chesen as director of international sales in East and South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Chesen was previously senior director of the northeast Asia office at PanAmSat in Tokyo.


Agromin, a Camarillo-based manufacturer of soil amendments, hired Jim Colborn as outside sales representative. Colborn was previously a sales representative at Stamford, Conn.-based Pitney Bowes.


Marketing
Conductor, a Los Angeles-based entertainment and brand marketing company blending traditional advertising and storytelling, hired Ron David Walter as executive creative director. Walter was previously a partner and creative director at San Francisco-based Banjo.


Public Relations
Formula, a national boutique agency, promoted Katie Casey to account executive and hired Allison Mayer as an account coordinator at its L.A. office. Casey was previously an assistant account executive and Mayer was at Weber Shandwick's London-based consumer division.


Fleishman-Hillard in Los Angeles promoted Debra Hotaling to director of the corporate communications practice group. The firm also hired Melissa Robinson as a senior vice president in the consumer brand and entertainment practice group, Brad Chase as an account executive in the corporate communications practice group, Michael Ritchey as senior vice president of the health-care practice group, Jim Hughes as a vice president of the technology practice group, and Manuel Rivera as an assistant account executive in the FH Hispania group. Hotaling was previously senior vice president, Robinson was creative director for the Nintendo of North America team at GolinHarris in Los Angeles, Chase was press secretary for the Steve Young for Congress campaign in Orange County, Ritchey was senior vice president at LehmanMillet in Newport Beach, Hughes was an independent consultant in Los Angeles and Rivera was a congressional staffer for U.S. Representative Grace Napolitanoa in Santa Fe Springs.


Real Estate
Granite Peak Partners, a real estate investment firm in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, hired Priscilla J. Ferguson as property manager for Victoria Business Park and Spring Air Partners California in the City of Industry. Ferguson was previously property manager for Realtech Construction in Los Angeles.


Lowe Enterprises Inc., a national investment, management and development firm, promoted David Sonderegger to senior vice president of the company's real estate group. Sonderegger was previously vice president.


Keller Williams Realty in Thousand Oaks promoted Emily Link to team leader. Link was previously an agent.


Macerich Co., a Santa Monica-based real estate investment trust focused on regional malls, hired Olivia Bartel Leigh as vice president, risk management. Leigh was previously director of risk management at San Francisco-based Catellus Development Corp.


Retail
Guess? Inc. in Los Angeles promoted Harriet Sustarsic to senior vice president, general merchandise manager, retail division and Wendy Klarik to senior vice president, general merchandise manager, factory division. Stephen Pearson was hired as executive vice president, chief supply chain officer. Sustaric was previously vice president, merchandising; Klarik was vice president, retail, factory division. Pearson was executive vice president, merchandising, design, development and supply chain for the J. Jill Group in Boston.


Services
AIG Retirement Services Inc. in Century City promoted Randy W. Epright to chief operations officer, Howard M. Heitner to chief operating officer of the investment unit, and Kathleen M. McCutcheon and John E. Pluhowski to senior vice president. Epright will retain his positions as senior vice president and chief information officer, Heitner will retain his position as executive vice president, McCutcheon was previously vice president, human resources, and Pluhowski was vice president, corporate communications.


Technology
Enova Systems, a Torrance-based developer and manufacturer of electric, hybrid and fuel cell systems, hired John Dexter as director of planning and operations. Dexter was previously at Booz Allen Hamilton in Las Vegas.


Bakers Man, a technology company centered on web creation and design and digital asset management, hired Bill Buckley as chief marketing officer. Buckley was previously founder of Buckley Consulting.


Tryarc LLC, a Los Angeles information technology company, hired Cameron Ackbury as senior director of sales and Pat Gantos as the practice director for professional services. Ackbury was previously manager of Asia Pacific at San Mateo-based NetSuite and Gantos was a senior manager at Deloitte and Touche.


Phone On-Hold Marketing Systems, a Newbury Park-based company specializing in audio productions for telecommunication and Internet applications, promoted Jeff Arnaz as director of production. Arnaz was previously production engineer.


Meggitt Aerospace Equipment, an aerospace, defense and electronics group based in Simi Valley, hired Robert Meyer to group vice president, sales and marketing and Eric Ovlen to group vice president, human resources. Meyer was previously president and general manager of Endevco, a business unit within the Meggitt PLC Electronics Division, and Ovlen was vice president, organizational effectiveness at Meggitt Electronics.


* KUDOS
The Computer Access Center presented the Heart of Technology Award to Carl R. Terzian, a West Los Angeles public relations consultant. Terzian was honored for his leadership, mentorship and life-long commitment to community service. The center also presented Los Angeles World Airports the Access to the World Award for its commitment to customers with disabilities.


Tennis News and Daily Tennis named Steve Bellamy, its 2005 Person of the Year. Bellamy is the president and founder of Santa Monica-based Tennis Channel.

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