NEWSMAKERS

Banking & Finance

Comerica Bank has promoted Danielle Carter to assistant vice president and banking center manager for the Crenshaw branch in Los Angeles and Rosie Mercado to vice president and district manager in Los Angeles. Carter was previously assistant banking center manager. Mercado was banking center manager at the Sherman Oaks branch.

City National Bank has promoted Erich Klein to senior vice president and manager of the core banking division's new Los Angeles region and Julian Renteria to vice president and manager of the head office in Beverly Hills. Klein previously served as senior vice president and manager of the bank's flagship office in Beverly Hills. Renteria was Westside region manager for Citibank.

Angela Strauss has been promoted to executive vice president of AFA Financial Group LLC. Strauss was previously senior member and vice president of alternative investments.

Contracting

Champion Exposition Services, a general service contractor, has hired Jason Baglin as account executive, and Aimee Rials and Dino Saravias as national sales managers in its Santa Fe Springs headquarters. Previously, Baglin was conference coordinator for iHollywood Forum, which produces business summits. Rials was account director of Delphi Productions, an exhibit design house in Northern California. Saravias was operations manager at GES, a general service contractor.

Entertainment

Martin Tremblay has joined Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment as president. Tremblay was previously president of worldwide studios at Vivendi Games, a video game publisher.

Health Care

Susan Partridge has been named vice president of research administration and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Partridge was previously associate director and chief operating officer of the Vaccine Research Center.

Internet

Reunion.com, an online social network, has hired Rachel C. Glaser as chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Glaser was previously senior vice president of finance at Yahoo.

Law

Scott Witlin has joined the Los Angeles office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as senior counsel. Previously, Witlin was a shareholder at Ogletree Deakins.

White O' Connor Fink & Brenner LLP, a Century City-based entertainment and business litigation firm, has appointed Lee S. Brenner and David E. Fink as name partners. Brenner and Fink were previously partners of the firm.

Marketing

Ipsh, a wireless marketing and mobile media agency, has named Brad Vettese executive vice president and managing director of the West Coast in its Los Angeles office. Vettese was previously chief marketing officer for Teleflip, a Santa Monica-based mobile communications company.

Adrienne Biehl has joined Campos Creative Works, a Santa Monica-based company that produces experiential marketing events, as senior sales executive. Biehl was previously western regional sales manager for TSE Sports & Entertainment, a company that develops hospitality packages and marketing efforts tied to sports and entertainment.

Media

Dylan Carter has been named director of nonlinear workflow at Ascent Media Group, a Santa Monica-based media company. Carter was previously an editor with the company.

Affinity, a Ventura-based company that provides outdoor-recreation clubs, services, media and events, has promoted Joe Daquino to president of Affinity Clubs, one of its four business units. Previously, Daquino was senior vice president and group publisher for the multimedia division.

Jackie Kain has been promoted to senior vice president of new media for KCET, PBS' West Coast flagship station. Kain was previously vice president of new media with the station.

Jonas Gray has been appointed senior vice president of marketing of Big Stage, a Pasadena-based media company. Gray was previously corporate vice president of worldwide business development at Emak Worldwide, a marketing company.

Pharmaceuticals

Matthew J. Pfeffer has joined the Valencia headquarters of MannKind Corp., a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on therapeutic products for diabetes and cancer, as corporate vice president and chief financial officer. Pfeffer was previously chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance and administration of VaxGen Inc., a San Francisco-based biopharmaceutical company.

Real Estate

Grubb & Ellis Co., a real estate services and investment management firm, has promoted David Ghermezian to senior vice president in its West Los Angeles office. Previously, Ghermezian was an investment properties specialist.

Rexford Industrial, a Southern California-based real estate services firm, has appointed James K. Sullivan director of leasing and marketing in its Los Angeles office. Sullivan was previously vice president of the Klabin Co., a Southern California-based real estate firm.

Technology

Bob Khanpour has joined Interneer Inc., a software company, as chief technology officer. Khanpour was previously founder, chief technology officer and chief architect of lending dynamics with Dynamics Inc., a consulting firm.

Channel M, a digital video advertising company, has hired Peter Lee as chief technology officer and chief strategy officer in its Los Angeles headquarters. Lee was previously vice president at Walt Disney Co. in its corporate strategy, planning and technology group.

Transportation

David A. Herbst has been appointed executive vice president of corporate strategies for Mercury Air Group Inc., a Los Angeles-based aviation company. Herbst was previously senior vice president and general manager of MWW Group, a public relations agency.

Yoo Mi Chin

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