Newsmakers

Banking & Finance

James L. Greene has joined Sanli Pastore & Hill Inc., a business valuation firm, as director of business development. Previously, Greene was business development director for Singer Lewak Greenbaum & Goldstein LLP, a Westwood-based accounting firm.

Consulting

Walker Parking Consultants, a parking construction consulting firm, has appointed Daniel Johns managing principal for its Los Angeles office. Johns was previously vice president and managing principal at the firm's Kalamazoo, Mich., office.

Engineering

The Los Angeles office of Parsons, a national engineering and construction company, has hired Mark Canter as director of biologics systems and technology in its life sciences division. Canter previously served as engineering team leader for Biokinetics Inc., a design and engineering firm serving the life science industry.

Entertainment

Marguerite Pacacha has been named senior vice president of business affairs and legal for Paramount Domestic Home Entertainment. Previously, Pacacha was senior vice president of business affairs and legal for pay TV and home entertainment at Paramount.

Prescriptive Music, a music branding and consulting company, has hired Alix Rumsey as director of music. Rumsey was previously head of music for Musicstyling, a European music branding company.

Hospitality

The JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. Live has named Karen Englund director of sales and marketing; Claudia Franco sales coordinator; and Larisa Faust, Ed Polistico and Kris Umstattd directors of national accounts. Englund was previously director of sales and marketing at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. Franco was tour and travel coordinator at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. Faust was senior account executive at the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa. Polistico was director of national accounts at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, and the JW Marriott Orlando. Umstattd was senior account executive of Marriott International.

Human Resources

Michele Foster has joined the Manhattan Beach office of McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based executive search firm, as a principal consultant. Foster was previously an independent contractor specializing in staffing consulting.

Insurance

Margee Harris has been named area vice president of small groups at Gallagher Benefits Services Inc., a commercial insurance and risk management company. Harris was previously account manager and vice president at Aon Consulting and Insurance Services, a management consulting firm.

Law

Winston & Strawn LLP, an international commercial law firm, has named David L. Aronoff and Gayle I. Jenkins as partners in its Los Angeles office. Both Aronoff and Jenkins were previously partners at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP.

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