NEWSMAKERS

ACCOUNTING

Ernst & Young LLP has named Nicole Horton executive director in the United States restructuring services group in the firm’s downtown L.A. office. Previously, Horton was a senior vice president at Macquarie Capital Inc., a Chicago-based banking services firm.

The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council has named Brian Yacker chairman of its office of professional responsibility subgroup. Yacker is a tax and accounting partner at Long Beach accounting firm Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corp.

Green Hasson & Janks LLP, a Westwood accounting services firm, has named Sidney P. Blum a partner in the litigation support and merchandise royalty audit group. Previously, Blum was a principal at accounting services firm Stonefield Josephson Inc.

ARCHITECTURE

HGA Architects and Engineers has named Leslie Fishburn a senior associate in the firm’s Century City office. Previously, Fishburn was a principal at RTKL, a Baltimore-based architecture firm.

BANKING & FINANCE

B. Riley & Co. LLC, a West L.A.-based investment bank, has named Alan Howe to its corporate governance advisory services group. Howe is managing director at Broadband Initiatives LLC, a San Diego tech-focused consulting firm.

Los Angeles Capital Management, a West L.A. investment services firm, has named Daniel Allen director of global equities. Previously, Allen was a senior managing director at Wilshire Associates, a Santa Monica-based investment services firm.

Wells Fargo & Co. has named John Manning head of the commercial banking division for Greater Los Angeles in the downtown L.A. office. Previously, Manning was regional vice president of Wells Fargo’s San Gabriel Valley regional commercial banking office.

CONSULTING

Santa Monica-based IbisWorld Inc. has named Micah Dishman network administrator. Previously, Dishman was lead network administrator at Pep Supply/Team Design, a Downey maker of cheerleader and spirit squad uniforms.

ENTERTAINMENT

THQ Inc., an Agoura Hills-based video game developer and publisher, has named Germaine Gioia senior vice president of licensing and merchandising. Previously, Gioia was a senior vice president at Capcom Entertainment Inc.

GOVERNMENT

Long Beach Harbor Commission has named Thomas Fields board member. Fields is owner of Thomas Fields Associates, a Long Beach marketing and advertising firm.

The California Department of Transportation has named Richard Land interim director of District 7, overseeing 42 freeways and highways in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Land is a Caltrans chief engineer and deputy director of project delivery.

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, created by the federal Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, has named Gary J. Cohen special business counsel. Cohen will take a leave of absence from his job as partner in the downtown L.A. office of law firm Sidley Austin LLP to work for the commission.

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