Banking & Finance

Bessemer Trust Co., a wealth management and investment advisory firm, has hired Mark Lipson as the senior resident officer and head of its Los Angeles office. He was most recently regional chief executive for the California branch of U.S. Trust.


Adriana M. Boeka has joined First Choice Bank in Cerritos as chief executive. Boeka was previously chief executive,
president and chairwoman of Sun Country Bank in Victorville.


HSBC Bank has hired Jean Frammolino as vice president, senior relationship manager in its commercial banking division. Frammolino was formerly the credit relationship manager for Citibank's Los Angeles middle market banking group.


Mark Forbes has been promoted to executive vice president and division manager of City National Bank in Los Angeles. Forbes was the senior vice president and assistant division manager of the company's real estate division.


Construction
Psomas, a construction design firm specializing in land development, water resources and transportation markets, has promoted Robert C. Olson to principal. Olson was a senior project manager in land survey for the company.


Consulting
Jim Buxbaum has joined Tatum, a finance and information technology consulting firm, as an associate managing partner. Buxbaum was formerly chief executive of Goodridge, a manufacturer and distributor of fluid transfer systems.


Entertainment
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., a producer and distributor of motion pictures and television programming, has hired Faye Walker as the vice president of worldwide television marketing. Walker was formerly the head of marketing for the Tennis Channel.


Max Tolkoff has joined KDLD-FM/KDLE-FM (103.1), a Los Angeles alternative radio station, as program director. Tolkoff was previously the operations manager and program director for alternative station WFNX-FM in Boston.


Government
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger named Ricardo Sarmiento of Valencia as appointments secretary. Sarmiento was formerly chief executive and principal of the Ultimate Partnership, a management consulting practice in international strategic partnerships, strategic marketing, customer service and technology.


Hospitality
Michael Bryant has been hired as the executive chef of BIN 8945, a European bistro in West Hollywood. Bryant was formerly the head chef at Norman's, another European-style restaurant in West Hollywood.


Law
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP has hired Michael Viayra as an associate and Timothy L. Pierce as a partner in construction litigation. Viayra was an associate with Thelen Reid & Priest. Pierce was previously a partner with Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP.


Alschuler Grossman LLP has promoted Seth M. Gerber, Stacy W. Harrison, and Peter F. Smith to partners. Gerber, Harrison and Smith were all formerly associates with the firm.


Media
Horizon Media, a media services agency, has hired Charles Pinkerton as the director of channel insights in its Los Angeles office. Pinkerton was previously a partner at Media Kitchen.


Non-Profit
Kenneth Krug was named chief operating officer of the Jewish Federation, an L.A.-based non-profit. Krug was formerly the corporate treasurer for the Rand Corp.


Dan Sheehy has been named to the board of directors for Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California, a non-profit organization that distributes books to Los Angeles schools, hospitals and homeless centers. Sheehy is currently president and founder of
Freelanthrophy.com.


Public Relations
The Lippin Group, an entertainment public relations agency, has promoted Pamela Golum to president of West Coast entertainment. Golum was formerly the executive vice president of the company.


Real Estate
Studley, a commercial real estate firm, has named Michael Shuken as associate director, Liron Nelik as assistant director and Maxwell Sucee as public relations manager. Shuken was formerly the assistant director and Nelik was an associate with the firm. Sucee was most recently the director of public relations for KB Home's Riverside and San Bernadino divisions.


Jeff Putnam has joined the Province Group, a real estate development and investment company, as the vice president of land acquisitions. He was formerly a land acquisitions manager in the San Deigo and Irvine offices of Richmond American.


Helga Berliner Weinbach has been promoted to vice president at Ramsey-Shilling, a commercial real estate company. She was previously a senior associate.


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