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Architecture

Mike Meers has joined David Forbes Hibbert, a Santa Monica-based architectural firm, as a principal. Meers was previously a principal with Nadel Architects in Sacramento.

Banking & Finance

Glendale-based Americas United Bank has hired George Sevilla as director of sales. Sevilla was previously team leader for Illinois-based Banco Popular North America.

Education

DeVry University has appointed Tom Donini president of its Long Beach campus, Scott Sand president of the Sherman Oaks campus, and Bill Van Zwol metro president of DeVry University Southern California and president of the Pomona campus. Donini was previously dean at the Long Beach campus. Sand was dean of student services and group director of student finance at the Seattle campus. Van Zwol was metro president for DeVry's Dallas-Fort Worth-area locations.

Entertainment

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. has named Mary Parent chairwoman of the worldwide motion picture group. Parent was previously vice chairwoman of worldwide production for Universal Pictures.

Thinkwell Design & Production, an entertainment developer for destination resorts, theme parks, sports teams, corporations and museums, has hired Jeff Rosen as director of new business development. Rosen was previously director of project development for brand experiences at BRC Imagination Arts, a company that specializes in the design and production of corporate visitor centers, cultural heritage sites and museums.

Shane Shuhart has joined Nederlander Concerts, a company that owns and operates concert venues, as director of talent. Shuhart was
previously an agent with the Agency for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

Health Care

James R. Brooks has joined Pharmavite, a pharmaceutical company that manufactures vitamins, minerals, herbs and dietary supplements, as vice president of science and technology. Brooks previously served as the head of research and product development at Bolthouse Farms, a company that sells retail beverages, juice concentrates, fiber and fresh produce.

Law

J. Andrew Douglas has been promoted to partner at Richardson & Harman PC, a Pasadena-based law firm. Douglas was previously an associate.

Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm, has named Martin D. Fern, Jeffrey S. Kravitz and Donald S. Urrabazo as partners. Previously, Fern was a partner in the new media, technology and intellectual property practice with Silver & Freedman, a Los Angeles-based law firm. Kravitz was a partner in the intellectual property and entertainment practices at Silver & Freedman. Urrabazo was counsel at the Los Angeles office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

Joseph T. Lynyak III has joined the Los Angeles office of national law firm Venable LLP as partner. Lynyak was previously a partner at financial services law firm Buckley Kolar LLP.

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