NEWSMAKERS

ARCHITECTURE

Leo A Daly, an international architecture and interior design firm headquartered in Omaha, Neb., has promoted Mark R. Griffith to the position of vice president and managing principal in the firm's downtown L.A. office. Previously, Griffith was a managing principal in the firm's Las Vegas office.

BANKING & FINANCE

Saban Capital Group Inc., a private investment firm specializing in the media, entertainment and communications industries, has name Elie Dekel managing director in the firm's Century City office. Dekel was previously executive vice president of licensing and merchandising at 20th Century Fox.

City National Bank has appointed Margie Minter vice president and manager in its Chatsworth banking office. Previously, Minter served as a Washington Mutual vice president for the Temecula region.

Century City commercial real estate investment banking firm George Smith Partners has named Shawn Visutsiri vice president. Previously, Visutsiri served as senior vice president at El Segundo firm Halcyon Real Estate Investors.

ENTERTAINMENT

THQ Inc., an Agoura Hills developer and publisher of video games, has named Danny Bilson executive vice president of core games; Doug Clemmer executive vice president of kids, family and casual games; Ian Curran global publishing executive vice president; and Steve Dauterman senior vice president, online. Previously, Bilson was senior vice president of creative development. Clemmer was senior vice president of the ValuSoft value-priced game publishing unit and THQ Wireless. Curran was executive vice president, international. Dauterman was senior vice president of product development in Asia Pacific.

Starz Media LLC, a Burbank-based entertainment production and distribution company, has promoted Adam Zeller to director of digital media. Previously, Zeller was senior manager of digital marketing at the company.


HEALTH CARE

Dr. Jagat Narula has been named medical director of the Memorial Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach. Narula will also continue to work as chief of the cardiology division at UC Irvine School of Medicine.


LAW

Arent Fox LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, has named Aram Ordubegian as a partner in the bankruptcy and financial restricting group at the firm's downtown L.A. office. Previously, Ordubegian was a partner at Weinstein Weiss & Ordubegian LLP, a Century City law firm.

MARKETING

Velocity Marketing Inc., a Detroit-based marketing firm, has named Maria De la Parra vice president in the West L.A. office. Previously, De la Parra was an account supervisor at Zimmerman & Partners, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based advertising agency.

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