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Grant Thornton LLP in Woodland Hills hired Sandy Kadekian as a partner in the tax practice. Kadekian was previously tax director at KPMG LLP in Woodland Hills.

AdStar Inc., a Marina del Rey-based e-commerce company, hired James Linesch as chief financial officer. Linesch was previously a managing director at Met Advisors in Southern California.

Ignited Minds, an advertising agency based in Marina Del Rey, promoted Dave Martin to associate media director and hired Donnie Williams as interactive associate media director. Martin was previously media supervisor and Williams was interactive media supervisor at Carat Fusion in Los Angeles.

KAA Design Group Inc. in Los Angeles promoted Erik Evens and Michael Eserts to principal, Alex Anamos to senior associate and Barbara Alfors and Luis Murillo to associate. Evens and Eserts were previously associates, Anamos will retain his position as a studio director and project manager, and Alfors and Murillo retain their positions as job captains.

Wirt Design Group in Los Angeles hired Isabela Villacorta as a designer. Villacorta was previously an intermediate designer at Santa Monica-based WWCOT.

Banking & Finance
ARC Investment Partners LLC in Beverly Hills hired Steve Magami as managing director. Magami was previously a principal at Lovell Minnick Partners in Los Angeles.

ResMAE, a wholesale specialty residential mortgage lender based in Brea, hired Jeffrey Thompson as regional vice president for the northeast territory. Thompson was previously regional manager at Orange-based Acoustic Home Loans.

City National Bank in Los Angeles hired Brian Fitzmaurice as chief credit officer and executive vice president. Fitzmaurice was previously senior risk manager of middle market lending for commercial business at Citibank in Southern California.

Parson Consulting hired Edward Wenrick as managing director of its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Wenrick was previously managing director and mid-market leader at BearingPoint in Northern California.

Vaco, a Nashville, Tenn.-based consulting and recruitment firm, hired Frances Moreno, Anita Shelley and Stephanie Keairns as partners to head the company's new offices in West Los Angeles and Westlake Village. Moreno, Shelly and Keairns were previously at Robert Half International in Los Angeles.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Stephen P. Pfahler and Victor L. Wright to judgeships in the Los Angeles County superior court, Lindy DeKoven to the commission on the status of women, Randal Hernandez to the Board of Governors for California Community Colleges and Carol Biondi to the corrections standards authority. Pfahler is a practicing partner at the law firm of Bannan Green Frank & Terzian in Los Angeles; Wright is a principal deputy county counsel in the Los Angeles County Counsel's office; DeKoven is president of DeKoven Entertainment; Hernandez is the senior government relations executive for California at Bank of America; and Biondi is on the Los Angeles County commission for children and families.


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