Banking & Finance

Laura Oberhelman has joined Manhattan Beach-based Kinecta Federal Credit Union as director of corporate communications. Previously, Oberhelman was vice president of public relations for New Century Financial Corp., an Irvine-based mortgage lender.

City National Bank has named David Coppel senior vice president and private banking relationship manager in downtown Los Angeles and Kerry Turner senior vice president and manager in Sherman Oaks. Coppel was most previously senior vice president with Bank of America in Westlake Village. Turner was senior vice president and regional manager at East West Bank.


Omar Del Cueto has been named executive director of Los Angeles Unified School District's iDesign Schools. Del Cueto was previously principal of Garfield High School in East L.A.


The Los Angeles office of MGM HD, the high-definition movie channel of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., has hired Gracelyn Brown as vice president of programming, Doug Chalfant as executive creative director and Bernard Nguyen-Sovan as manager of programming. Previously, Brown was director of programming for KTLA (Channel 5). Chalfant was director of creative marketing solutions with Reelz Channel in Los Angeles. Nguyen-Sovan was traffic manager at World Champion Sports Network in Los Angeles.

Michael Hopkins has been promoted to president of affiliate sales and marketing for Fox Cable Networks. Hopkins was previously executive vice president and general manager of affiliate sales and marketing with the network.


Eric Brown has been appointed deputy chief of staff in the office of Councilwoman Janice Hahn. Brown was previously deputy mayor in the administration of Mayor Jim Hahn.

Health Care

City of Hope has named William M. Gorenstein vice president of finance. Gorenstein previously served as associate vice president of finance for the University of Pennsylvania Health System.


The Los Angeles office of Winston & Strawn LLP, an international commercial law firm, has appointed Jerry Bloom chairman of its energy practice group. Bloom is a partner at the firm.

Robert W. Dickerson has joined the Los Angeles office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as partner in its intellectual property group. Dickerson was previously head of intellectual property group at Jones Day.

Hunton & Williams LLP has named Laura M. Franze and Roland M. Juarez partners in its Los Angeles office. Previously, Franze and Juarez were partners with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, an international law firm.

Sonya Karpowich has been appointed of counsel for Shabani & Shabani LLP, a Century City-based real estate law firm. Karpowich was previously an associate with Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP.


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