NEWSMAKERS

ARCHITECTURE

Minneapolis-based HGA Architects and Engineers has named Rue T. Fort senior project architect at its Century City office. Previously, Fort was production director at SWA Architect, a Pasadena architecture firm.

BANKING & FINANCE

Dallas-based Comerica Bank has named Redy Babasa vice president and manager at its Wilshire-Crescent Heights branch. Previously, Babasa was an assistant branch manager for Bank of America.

GOVERNMENT

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District has named Kathleen J. Campbell executive officer and clerk of the court at its downtown Los Angeles location. Previously, Campbell was human resources manager for the city of Santa Paula.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has named Annie Chu to the city of L.A.’s Cultural Affairs Commission, Gail Kennard to the Cultural Heritage Commission and Wayne Moore to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. Chu is owner of Chu and Gooding Architects near Chinatown. Kennard is president of Koreatown-based Kennard Design Group. Moore is chief financial officer for downtown L.A.-based Southern California Association of Governments.

HEALTH CARE

City of Hope, a disease research and treatment center in Duarte, has named Susan Neuhausen the Morris & Horowitz families professor in cancer etiology and outcomes research. Previously, Neuhausen was associate director at UC Irvine’s Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute.

HOSPITALITY

Queen Mary, a Long Beach-based hotel and tourist attraction, has named Bruce Skidmore director of sales and marketing. Previously, Skidmore was director of sales at the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Monterey.

LAW

Reed Smith LLP, a Pittsburgh-based law firm, has named Abraham Colman office managing partner at its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Colman was a partner at Reed Smith.

Dickstein Shapiro LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, has named Cassandra Franklin and Sandra Smith Thayer partners at its Century City office. Previously, Franklin and Thayer were counsels at the firm.

Pircher Nichols and Meeks, a Century City-based law firm, has named David Aghaei and Jennifer White associates. Aghaei and White received their law degrees from USC in 2009.

Buchalter Nemer LLP, a downtown L.A.-based law firm, has named Scott Smith a shareholder. Previously, Smith was of-counsel at the firm.

Foley and Lardner LLP, a Milwaukee-based law firm, has named Clifford Hyatt a partner in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Hyatt was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, a New York-based law firm.

MANUFACTURING

Qual-pro, a Gardena-based electronics manufacturer, has named Richard Fitzgerald chief operating officer. Previously, Fitzgerald was chief executive of electronics manufacturer Team Precision Public Co. Ltd. in Rangsit, Thailand.

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