NEWSMAKERS



Advertising

Tanya LeSieur has joined Saatchi & Saatchi LA, an Torrance ad agency, as director of integrated production. LeSieur was previously executive producer at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, a San Francisco-based advertising agency.

Architecture

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, a Santa Monica-based hospitality design firm, has promoted Lemor Moses to director of public relations. Moses was previously marketing manager with the firm.

Banking & Finance

Matthew R. Begley has been promoted to executive vice president in the downtown L.A. office of First Capital, a financial services firm based in Boca Raton, Fla. Begley was previously chief operating officer of First Capital's Asia division.

Communications

Steve Chipman has been named vice president and West Coast director in the L.A. office of MS & L;, a global communications firm headquartered in New York. Chipman was previously senior vice president of client services at MobileStorm, a mobile and e-mail marketing agency in Hollywood.

Allison & Partners, a San Francisco-based communications firm, has named Larry Krutchik senior vice president in its Santa Monica office. Krutchik was previously commercial litigation attorney with Barger & Wolen LLP, a downtown L.A.-based law firm.



Construction

Darrin L. Craig has been promoted to vice president in the downtown L.A. office of Clune Construction Co., a Chicago-headquartered commercial general contractor. Craig was previously senior project manager with the company.

Entertainment

Warner/Chappell Music, a Westwood-based music publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp., has hired Brad Aarons as vice president of artists and repertoire. Aarons was formerly general manager and vice president of Creative for Liberal Arts Music Publishing, a music joint venture between Warner/Chappell Music, Mercury Records and EMI Music Publishing.

Chuck Bennett has joined Trio Films, a West L.A. production company, as director. Previously, Bennett was director and founder of Big Lawn Films, a Santa Monica commercial production company.

Paul Friedman has been promoted to senior vice president of music business affairs for Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City. Previously, Friedman was vice president of music business affairs with the company.

Hospitality

Ace Sushi, a Gardena-based franchise sushi business, has appointed Gary Chin chief financial officer. Previously, Chin was the company's controller.

Law

Richards Watson & Gershon, a downtown L.A.-based law firm, has named Kirsten R. Bowman, Norman A. Dupont, Lolly A. Enriquez and David M. Snow shareholders. Bowman, Enriquez and Snow were previously senior attorneys with the firm. Dupont was of counsel.

Louis R. Dienes has joined TroyGould, a Century City law firm, as a member of the corporate and securities group. Dienes was previously partner in the corporate practice of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP, a Century City law firm.

Greenberg Glusker, a Century City-based entertainment and real estate law firm, has promoted Ryan Mamoru Tofukuji Iwasaka to partner. Iwasaka was previously an associate with the firm.

The Gardena office of Bowman and Brooke LLP, a Minneapolis-headquartered national trial firm, has named Dana N. Glasser, Seema Kamal, Amy Kusol and Jason T. Welch associates and promoted Kathleen A. York to partner. Glasser was previously an associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, a Philadelphia-based international law firm. Kamal was an attorney and business consultant at Seema Kamal Consulting LLC, a Phoenix-based business consultancy. Kusol was a law clerk with Bowman and Brooke. Welch was associate at Beam Brobeck West Borges & Rosa LLP, a Santa Ana law firm. York was an associate with Bowman and Brooke.

Bradley E. Wolf has been named special counsel in the finance and bankruptcy practice group of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, a downtown L.A. law firm. Wolf was previously senior counsel at Wells Fargo & Co.

Real Estate

Commercial real estate services company Lee & Associates has promoted Stephen J. Geiger to principal in its Calabasas office, and Jay Martinez, Peter Steigleder and Spencer Strull to principals in its Sherman Oaks office. Previously, Geiger, Martinez, Steigleder and Strull were brokers with the company.

Kathryn Shafer has been named director of new business in the Beverly Hills office of Nourmand & Associate Realtors, a Hollywood-based real estate firm. Shafer was previously founder of Windermere Properties, an L.A.-area real estate developer.

Rosano Partners, a downtown L.A.-based commercial real estate firm, has promoted Stefan Siegel to retail group vice president. Previously, Siegel was senior associate with the firm.

Brad Wilson has joined the Century City office of Jones Lang LaSalle, a Chicago-based global commercial real estate company, as executive vice president. Wilson was previously senior vice president of Grubb & Ellis Co., a Santa Ana-based commercial real estate
services firm.

Retail

Curtis Heffernan has joined King's Hawaiian, a Torrance-based company producing Hawaiian sweet bread and dinner rolls, as national accounts manager. Heffernan was previously national account manager at Proctor & Gamble.

Technology

Big Stage Entertainment Inc., a South Pasadena media technology company, has appointed Patrick Barry as vice president of content alliances. Barry was previously senior director at SK Telecom, a South Korean mobile telecommunications operator.

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