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.

Health Care
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.

Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, a national law and consulting firm, has appointed Stanley W. Levy chair of its pro bono practice and hired the following associates at its Los Angeles branch: Matthew A. Benbassat in real estate; Araceli Campos and Brian G. Lerner in litigation; Andrew Eliseev in intellectual property. Prior to joining Manatt, Levy was general counsel of Guess Inc; Benbassat was previously an associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Campos was a law clerk at the California Department of Justice; Lerner had served as a clerk for Dickran M. Tevrizian and R. Gary Klausner, judges in U.S. District Court, Central District of California; and Eliseev was an associate with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

Pircher Nichols & Meeks, a national real estate law firm, has hired Barry A. Brust and Steven C. Spronz of counsel. Brust was formerly counsel at Resch Polster Alpert & Berger LLP in Los Angeles; Spronz was previously principal of the Law Offices of Steven C. Spronz.

MRM Worldwide, an agency within the McCann Worldgroup network, has hired Paran Johar as executive vice president of digital marketing and managing director of the MRM Los Angeles office. Prior to joining the company, Johar was general manager of Tribal DDB's Los Angeles division.

SBE Entertainment Group has appointed Joe Faust as vice president of development and Michael Doneff to vice president of marketing to the company's Los Angeles headquarters. Faust was formerly director of construction at the Hyatt Hotels; Doneff recently served as executive vice president at Susan Magrino Agency in New York.

Hope Brick has been named vice president of merchandising for Penthouse Media Group Inc., parent company of Penthouse Magazine. Brick was previously vice president and fashion director for Robinsons May, Meier & Frank.

615 Music, a provider of production music for multimedia clients, has named Shauna Krikorian music director of its Los Angeles branch. Krikorian was creator and founder of SLK Entertainment.

The Society for Technical Communication, an organization of technical writers, editors, illustrators, educators and managers, has named Raymond E. Urgo a fellow of the organization. Urgo is founder and principal of Los Angeles-based Urgo & Associates.

Carol Stulberg has been appointed director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Western Regional office in Los Angeles. Stulberg was recently president of Carol Stulberg & Associates.

Gisselle Acevedo-Franco has been appointed president and chief executive of Para Los Ninos, a Los Angeles-based children services agency. Acevedo-Franco was previously president and general manager of Spanish language newspaper, Hoy.

Real Estate
Bruce Ratliff has been elected to the 2006 board for the California Association of Community Managers, a statewide organization focusing on educational and legal issues for the industry. Ratliff is currently the onsite manager for the Regatta Homeowners Association in Marina del Rey.

Trammell Crow Co. has named Lynn G. Kious senior vice president of building management and corporate outsourcing. Kious was recently vice president of corporate real estate at Walt Disney Co.

Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems in El-Segundo has appointed Mark G. Day to director of performance excellence connection. Day was recently director of customer focused marketing with the company.


The Library Foundation honored Wells Fargo with its Corporate Philanthropy Award, novelist Norman Mailer with the Literary Award and Library Foundation executive director Evelyn Hoffman with the Light of Learning Award at the 11th Annual Los Angeles Public Library Awards Dinner.

The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal have honored Dan Rodman, partner at Snell & Wilmer for his verdict in the Cory v. Ford Motor Co. case. The honor was granted in the Journals' Top 10 Defense Verdicts for 2005, a statewide annual distinction. Other Los Angeles law firms recognized were: La Follete Johnson DeHaas Fesler & Ames and Poole & Shaffery.

The Los Angeles Ad Club and Advertising Agencies Association has awarded Tequila\Los Angeles the overall Sweepstakes Winner for its Sony Playstation Shadow of Colossus Campaign at the 40th Annual Belding Awards. The award recognizes Southern California's best advertising work.

Aviva Family and Children's Services, a non-profit agency that provides care for at-risk youth in Los Angeles, will honor its volunteers at the annual "Triumph of the Spirit" Awards Gala on June 14. Spirit of Compassion Awards will be presented to Barbara Lazaroff, architectural designer and partner and co-founder of the Wolfgang Puck group of businesses; Carolyn Strauss, president of HBO Entertainment; Raven-Symon & #233;, actress; and Susan Casden, community leader and philanthropist.

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