Banking & Finance

Thomas A. Hill has joined City National Bank's downtown Los Angeles office as vice president of the export finance group in the international banking services division. Hill was president at Trade Finance Associates in Washington, D.C.


Consulting
Bruce Lackow has been hired as senior vice president and Chad Flynn as geographic information services manager at Christopher A. Joseph & Associates, an environmental research and planning firm. Lackow was formerly principal at PCR Services Corp and Flynn was project manager at Tadpole Technology Group.

Thomson Elite, a Los Angeles-based integrated information solutions division of Thomson Corp., has hired Peter Ozolin as vice president of practice management and Salim Sunderji as vice president of finance. Previously, Ozolin was senior vice president of enterprise solutions at Practice Technology and Sunderji was financial consolidation manager with IBM Corp.'s business consulting services in Armonk, N.Y.


Engineering
Oscar Aguilar has joined consulting engineering firm Psomas' Santa Clarita office as project manger. Aguilar was recently planning project manager at Stantec.


Entertainment
Tennis Channel has appointed Neil Roberts to director of marketing and Lauren Leder to director of on-air creative. Additionally, Kate Varley was promoted to director of short-form content and special projects. Roberts was previously vice president of marketing at Promax & BDA;, Leder was writer and producer at InDemand Networks and Varley was senior producer of on-air promotions with the company.


Government
John Fernandes has been named as county ombudsman, leading an independent Los Angeles County division that provides assistance to residents in complaints over law enforcement and other county departments. Fernandes was formerly special agent in charge of the San Diego field division with the U.S. Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Administration.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made the following appointments: Jack Baylis of Los Angeles has been appointed to the state park and recreation commission; Bryan Brandes of Temple City was appointed to the state historical resources commission. Baylis is chief executive of the west region group for Aecom. Brandes is director of California regional dispatch for Maersk.

Larry Kosmont has been appointed as a board commissioner to the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Los Angeles. Kosmont is president and chief executive of Kosmont Co.'s.


Hospitality
Nicholas Clayton has been appointed as president of the Kor Hotel Group. Previously, he served as senior vice president of operations for Hong Kong-based Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.


Law
Richards Watson & Gershon has hired Robert Horton as an associate and Bill Dunsmore as senior attorney. Kevin Ennis was named public law department chair. Horton was previously an associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP, Dunsmore was contract partner at Burke Williams & Sorenson. Ennis is a shareholder with the firm.

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