NEWSMAKERS


ACCOUNTING

Accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP has promoted Kelvin Keith to director, Stephen A. Lee to executive director, Alexandra Leung to partner and Ali R. Vahdat to principal in its Century City office. Previously, Keith was associate director, Lee was senior manager, Leung was senior partner and Vahdat was senior manager at the firm.

Windes & McClaughry; Accountancy Corp., a Long Beach accounting firm, has named Ed Bernabeo business development officer. Previously, Bernabeo was a business development officer at Spiegel Partners, a private equity firm.

ADVERTISING

Robert Yallen has been promoted to chief executive at the Inter/Media Group of Cos., an Encino-based advertising and media business. Previously, Yallen was president and chief operating officer at the firm.


BANKING & FINANCE

San Francisco-based First Republic Bank has named Andrew Smaltz managing director of foreign exchange at the bank's Century City office. Previously, Smaltz was a vice president at the Royal Bank of Scotland, headquartered in Edinburgh.

Matthew Covington has joined the Santa Monica office of financial services company Kibel Green Inc. as managing director. Previously, Covington was a senior vice president at Chanin Capital Partners, a New York-based financial service firm.

Kinecta Federal Credit Union in Manhattan Beach has named Gary Harman vice president of consumer lending operations. Previously, Harman was executive vice president at HSBC Auto Finance, a San Diego-based financial firm.

EDUCATION

Caltech has named Denise Nelson Nash acting associate vice president for communications and Bob O'Rourke senior adviser to the president for external affairs. Previously, Nelson Nash was assistant vice president for campus programs and community relations and O'Rourke was vice president for communications at the university.

Albert Cahueque has been named principal at Edgewood Academy, a K-8 school in La Puente. Previously, Cahueque was principal at Ekstrand Elementary School in San Dimas.

ENGINEERING

Parsons Corp., a Pasadena-based engineering and construction firm, has named Anthony J. White business development director in the energy systems and security division. Previously, White was chief of the operations management group for the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington, D.C.

ENTERTAINMENT

Sony Pictures Entertainment has named Spencer Stephens senior vice president of technical services. Previously, Stephens was a vice president of production technology at Warner Bros.

GOVERNMENT

Lance A. Williams has been appointed to the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, a panel that directs federal, state and local funding to workforce development programs. Williams is executive director of the downtown L.A. office of the U.S. Green Building Council, a green construction advocacy non-profit organization.

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