Kaveh Varjavand has joined Moss Adams LLP's Los Angeles office as partner. Previously, Varjavand was partner with KPMG LLP.
Davidandgoliath, a Los Angeles agency, has hired Tesa Aragones as managing director of digital branding. Aragones was formerly director of media and interactive marketing at Volkswagen of America.
Banking & Finance
LaSalle Bank has hired Deni Schulz as senior vice president and division head for the commercial real estate office in Glendale. Schulz was recently senior vice president at California National Bank.
Irving Yu has been appointed to vice president of treasury at Wescom Credit Union's Pasadena office. Yu formerly served as portfolio manager at WesCorp.
Aon Consulting, a global human resources firm, has hired Linda Zitelli as assistant vice president of the Los Angeles employee benefits practice. Zitelli was previously senior consultant at Arthur J. Gallagher and Co.
Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., a Chicago-based executive search firm, has appointed John Wasley to managing and senior partner of its Los Angeles office. Wasley was formerly executive director at Russell Reynolds Associates in Los Angeles.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has appointed Richard Benbow as interim general manager of Los Angeles' community development department. Benbow most recently served as acting chief executive for the city's community redevelopment agency.
Councilman Bill Rosendahl has hired Deborah Weinstein as environmental deputy. Weinstein was previously natural resource and environment policy analyst with the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.
Abraxis BioScience Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company, has made the following personnel changes: Richard E. Maroun has been named chief administrative officer, Thomas H. Silberg as executive vice president of commercial operations and operational excellence, John F. Weidenbruch as general counsel and assistant corporate secretary, Bruce Wendel as executive vice president of corporate development and Ronal E. Pauli as interim chief financial officer. Previously, Maroun had served as general counsel and vice president at American BioScience Inc.; Silberg was chief operating officer of Tercica Inc.; Weidenbruch was vice president of law and global commercial operations and acting general counsel for pharmaceutical products; Wendel was previously senior vice president for mergers and acquisitions at the company's pharmaceutical product division; and Pauli had served as corporate controller at Abraxis.
Countrywide Insurance Group has promoted David Kuhn to managing director of the company's commercial lines brokerage business in Calabasas. Kuhn was recently president of the firm's division.
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