NEWSMAKERS

Advertising

Matt Jarvis has joined the West L.A. office of 72andsunny, a design and advertising company, as managing director and chief strategy officer. Jarvis was previously executive vice president and director of account planning for advertising agency Deutsch/LA's Marina del Rey office.

Banking & Finance

Scott Kunitz has been appointed vice president and manager of City National Bank's Santa Monica banking office. Kunitz previously served as vice president and manager of the bank's Bunker Hill office in downtown Los Angeles.

Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC, a Century City wealth management advisory firm, has hired Josh Markman as vice president and Michael B. Miller as managing director. Previously, Markman was vice president in the Century City office of Goldman Sachs & Co. Miller was founding partner of Miller Law, a Beverly-Hills firm.

Mariko Plumlee has been appointed vice president and regional bank private banker for Wells Fargo's Riviera Village banking store in Redondo Beach. Plumlee was previously store manager at the bank's Marina del Rey branch.

Communications

John Taylor has joined Zeesman Communications Inc., a Beverly Hills communications firm, as creative director. Taylor was previously creative director of Oracle Corp., a technology company based in Redwood Shores.

Consulting

Deanna Hansen has been promoted to vice president at the downtown L.A. office of Environmental Science Associates, a San Francisco-based environmental consulting firm. Hansen was previously director of community development for Southern California with the firm.

Michael VanBruaene has joined the downtown L.A. office of Macias Consulting Group, a Sacramento-based consulting firm, as consulting manager. VanBruaene was previously a senior manager with New York-based accounting firm KPMG LLP.

Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City has promoted Jim Kennedy to executive vice president for global communications. Kennedy was previously senior vice president for corporate communications with the company.

Law

Angela Buenaventura and Chelsea D. Spuck have been named associates in the Santa Monica office of Washington, D.C.-based law firm Bryan Cave LLC. Buenaventura was previously an associate with the firm's Chicago office. Spuck was an associate in the Nashville, Tenn., office of law firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP.

Lisa A. Callif has been appointed name partner in Donaldson & Callif, an entertainment law firm in Beverly Hills. Callif was previously an associate with the firm.

Megan E. Green has joined Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein LLP, a Los Angeles law firm, as associate. Green was previously an associate with Robert N. Kipper Professional Corp., a Beverly Hills law firm.

Alston & Bird LLP, an Atlanta-based business law firm, has named Drew Paris partner in its Westlake Village office. Paris was previously a partner at Reed Smith LLP, a Pittsburgh-based law firm.

Media

Anthem Digital, an Agoura Hills-based media and technology company, has named Michael Jay Solomon chairman. Solomon is founder and chairman of Los Angeles-based Electronic Media Syndication.

Valeh Vakili has been named senior vice president of sales strategy and operations for Beverly Hills-based online social networking site MySpace. Vakili was previously director of U.S. sales operations for Yahoo.

Non-Profit

Library Foundation of Los Angeles, a non-profit organization that supports the Los Angeles Public Library, has appointed Philip Flynn and Steve Ghysels to its board. Flynn serves as vice chairman and chief operating officer of San Francisco-based UnionBanCal Corp. Ghysels is senior vice president and regional manager for Wells Fargo Private Bank in Beverly Hills.

Public Relations

Marion Pyle has joined the Rogers Group, a Century City public relations firm, as vice president of the Latino strategies group. Previously, Pyle served as program manager at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Real Estate

The Beverly Hills office of Deasy/Penner & Partners, a Venice-based real estate brokerage firm, has named Geoff Clark, Carol Huston and Darcy Kaye partners. Clark, Huston and Kaye were previously Los Angeles-area agents with Worldwide Real Estate.

Robert Dezzutti has joined the Marina del Rey office of Brookfield Properties Corp., a New York-based real estate company, as senior vice president of Southern California region. Dezzutti was previously chief operating officer at BentleyForbes Group LLC, a Century City-based commercial real estate investment company.

GVA Charles Dunn has hired Barbara A. Goldsmith as brokerage services associate in its Long Beach office. Goldsmith was previously a sales associate at Blair Commercial Brokerage's Long Beach office.

Jim Lindvall has been named managing director in the downtown Los Angeles office of real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. Lindvall was previously senior vice president at Grubb & Ellis Co., a Santa Ana-based real estate firm.

Transportation

Ken Robinson has joined Mercury Air Group Inc., a Marina del Rey-based aviation services company, as chief financial officer. Robinson was previously chief accounting officer and corporate controller of Commerce Energy, a Costa Mesa-based electricity and natural gas company.

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