Grant Thornton LLP in Los Angeles hired Wendy V.C. Purcell as director and local practice leader of valuation services. Purcell was previously director of valuation services practice at Huron Consulting Group in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles-based Wongdoody hired John Drake as account director for Loreto Bay and the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and Erin Dwyer as account executive for Full Tilt Poker. Drake was previously a partner/general manager at FourStories Advertising and Public Relations in Portland, Ore. and Dwyer was an account executive at DDB Worldwide in Venice.

SmithGroup, a Los Angeles architecture, engineering, planning and interiors firm, promoted Kirk Rose to vice president. Rose is a principal at the firm.

Downey-based Financial Partners Credit Union hired Malcolm Roane as investment representative for the Downey branch. Roane was previously at Kinecta Federal Credit Union in Manhattan Beach.

First Bank hired Lisa Stavro as senior vice president and group manager of the Beverly Hills commercial banking group. Stavro was previously senior vice president at GE Capital in Beverly Hills.

First Look Studios in Los Angeles hired Andy Gruenberg as executive vice president of theatrical distribution and Ken DuBow as executive vice president of worldwide sales. Gruenberg was previously president of distribution at Los Angeles-based Miramax and DuBow was president and chief executive of Los Angeles-based Modern Entertainment.

DreamWorks Animation in Glendale promoted Jane Hartwell to head of global production, and hired John Batter as a senior production executive and Nancy Bernstein as head of production at the Glendale campus. Hartwell was previously head of digital production, Batter was general manager at Electronic Arts in Los Angeles and Bernstein was senior vice president of feature films at Venice-based Digital Domain.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Douglas Sortino to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Sortino was previously in the major crimes division as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

SBE Entertainment Group, an entertainment and hospitality company in Los Angeles, hired Arich Berghammer as chief operating officer. Berghammer was previously chief of staff at House of Blues Entertainment Inc. in Los Angeles.

Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP in Los Angeles promoted Suzanne Badawi to partner. Badawi was previously an associate in insurance and business litigation.

Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP hired Christine M. Hoang as an associate and the firm's Vioxx case administrator. Hoang was previously an associate at Black Compean & Hall in Los Angeles.

Rice & Renshaw in Torrance hired Tory Erickson as an associate in the areas of elder abuse, wills and trust controversy and conservatorship contests. Erickson was previously in private practice at his own firm in Los Angeles.

O'Brien Zarian LLP in Los Angeles hired Antoinette Waller as counsel. Waller was previously at Christensen Miller Fink, Jacobs Glaser Weil & Shapiro LLP in Los Angeles.

Pride Business Development Holdings Inc., a personal protective clothing company, appointed M. Michael Markow as chairman and chief executive. Markow was previously at ARI Industries.

Times Community News, a division of the Los Angeles Times, promoted Gordon Tomaske to chief financial officer. Tomaske was previously senior manager, planning and project management at the Los Angeles Times.

Canon Communications LLC in Los Angeles promoted Sherrie Conroy and Erik Swain to editors-in-chief of its flagship publication, Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry. Conroy retains her position as editor of Compliance Engineering and Medical Electronics Manufacturing. Swain was previously senior editor of Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News.

KCET Los Angeles promoted Karen Robinson Hunte to the new position of executive director, program development. Hunte was previously director, program development.

The J. Paul Getty Trust hired Ron Hartwig as vice president of communications. Hartwig was previously executive vice president at Hill & Knowlton Inc. in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles chapter of the Israel Cancer Research Fund hired Mitch Orlik as executive director. Orlik was previously director of advancement at the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging.

The Asian Business Association of Los Angeles elected Gordon K. Eng as chairman. Eng is a partner at Brown Winfield & Canzoneri Inc. in Los Angeles.

Real Estate
Laing Urban, a Culver City-based urban communities builder, hired Michael Coleman as vice president of operations, Maria Salviati as vice president of sales and marketing and Dana Yogel as director of development. Coleman was previously senior project manager at Johnstone Moyer Inc. in the Bay Area, Salviati was vice president of sales and marketing at Pulte Homes in Valencia and Yogel was a development director at Urban Pacific Builders in Long Beach.

Kor Group, a Los Angeles real estate development and management firm, hired Stacy Shaw as general counsel. Shaw was previously an attorney at Paul Hastings Janofsky and Walker in Los Angeles.

Motia Inc., a Pasadena-based developer of antenna semiconductors to improve wireless system performance, hired Skip Hoover as vice president of sales and Jim Mravca as vice president of strategic marketing. Hoover previously was vice president of worldwide sales at Colorado-based Sirenza Microdevices and Mravca was senior vice president of strategic marketing at San Jose-based WJ Communications., a Santa Monica-based search engine, promoted Todd Sims to vice president of business and corporate development, and Amos Schwartzfarb to vice president of sales and client services. Also, Brian Barnum was hired as chief financial officer, Rob Feinstein as vice president of product and Lane Soelberg as vice president of marketing. Sims previously was vice president of sales, Schwartzfarb was vice president of inside sales, Barnum was chief financial officer at Santa Monica-based, Feinstein was vice president and general manager at New York-based MonsterTrak and Soelberg oversaw co-marketing efforts at Irvine-based Gateway Inc.

MRV Communications Inc., a Chatsworth company providing networking products and services, named Kevin Rubin its chief financial officer. Rubin previously was vice president of finance and corporate compliance officer.

The Port of Los Angeles promoted Diane Boskovich to chief wharfinger, monitoring all waterborne activities. Boskovich was previously assistant chief wharfinger.

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