NEWSMAKERS

ACCOUNTING

Crowe Horwath LLP, a South Bend, Ind.-based accounting and consulting firm, has named Bart Kimmel risk consulting group director at the firm’s Sherman Oaks office. Previously, Kimmel was senior vice president at Marsh, a New York-based insurance brokerage.

Gerber & Co. Inc., a Century City accounting services firm, has promoted Richard Weisinger to director of tax services. Previously, Weisinger was tax manager at the firm.

ADVERTISING/MARKETING

Saatchi & Saatchi LA, the Torrance office of New York-based advertising firm Saatchi & Saatchi, has named Dave Evans senior integrated producer. Also, Donnell Johnson was named associate creative director/copywriter, Jason Nichols was named creative director and Gary Rosen was named associate creative director/copywriter. Previously, Evans was creative director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, a Miami-based ad agency. Johnson was senior copywriter at 180 LA, a Santa Monica ad agency. Nichols was creative director at TBWA/Chiat/Day, a New York-based ad agency. Rosen was lead writer at 42 Entertainment in Pasadena.

Inter/Media Advertising, a division of Encino-based Inter/Media Group of Cos., has named Thi M. Le online account supervisor. Previously, Le was interactive account manager at Integrated Media Solutions, a Beverly Hills media-buying firm.

ARCHITECTURE

KTGY Group, an Irvine-based architecture and planning firm, has named Jack Price a principal in its Santa Monica office. Previously, Price was a principal at HKS Inc., a Dallas-based architecture firm.

BANKING & FINANCE

Private Bank of California, a Century City bank, has named William S. Upchurch senior vice president. Previously, Upchurch was senior vice president at First Regional Bank, also in Century City.

Kinecta Federal Credit Union, a Manhattan Beach-based credit union, has named Amy Hsu director of deposit product and research in its Manhattan Beach office. Previously, Hsu was market research director at ResMae Mortgage Corp., a Brea mortgage firm.

First Enterprise Bank in downtown Los Angeles, has named Jennifer Foster vice president. Previously, Foster was vice president at Community Bank, a Pasadena-based bank.

EDUCATION

The California Senate has confirmed George Kieffer’s appointment to the University of California Board of Regents. Kieffer is a partner in the West L.A. office of law firm Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Affairs has named Shana Warshaw to its Women’s Leadership Board. Warshaw is senior director at the downtown L.A. office of BNY Mellon Wealth Management, a division of Bank of New York Mellon Corp.

ENTERTAINMENT

MRB Productions, a Beverly Hills entertainment company, has promoted Claudia Castillo to head of business affairs. Previously, Castillo was head of accounting at MRB.

INSURANCE

Aon Consulting, a division of Chicago-based insurance broker Aon Corp., has promoted Karen Albanese to senior vice president in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Albanese was a vice president with Aon.

LAW

Reed Smith LLP, a Pittsburgh-based law firm, has named John Iino chairman of its business and finance department. Iino, a partner at the firm’s downtown L.A. office, was previously vice chairman of the department.

Stroz Freidberg LLC, a New York-based digital evidence recovery firm, has named Jason Gonzalez managing director of the Century City office. Previously, Gonzalez was assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California.

Musick Peeler & Garrett LLP, a downtown L.A.-based law firm, has named Brian L. Holman and Neal S. Millard partners in the downtown L.A. office. Previously, Holman and Millard were partners at White & Case LLP, a New York-based law firm.

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, a downtown L.A.-based law firm, has named Alan M. Feld a partner in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Feld was a partner at Manatt Phelps & Philips LLP, a West L.A.-based law firm.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, a New York-based law firm, has promoted Ronda McKaig and Matthew D. Umhofer to counsels in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, McKaig and Umhofer were associates at the firm.

MANUFACTURING

Cereplast Inc., an El Segundo maker of bio-plastics, has named Robert Findlen senior vice president of global sales and marketing. Previously, Findlen was vice president of sales and marketing at Metabolix Inc., a Cambridge, Mass., biotech firm.

NON-PROFIT

Children’s Bureau, a downtown Los Angeles agency that specializes in child abuse and neglect issues, has named Jean Sweeney director of corporate and foundation relations. Previously, Sweeney was director of annual giving at Catholic Education Foundation, a Koreatown non-profit that provides assistance for students attending Catholics schools.

Ronald McDonald House Charities, an Oak Brook, Ill.-based charitable arm of the McDonald’s Corp., has named Jack Hinsche a trustee for Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. Hinsche is a partner at Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corp., a Long Beach accounting services firm.

Pacific Clinics, an Arcadia-based mental health care non-profit, has named Jolynn Reid chief development officer. Previously, Reid was vice president for advancement at Idyllwild Arts Foundation, an Idyllwild non-profit supporting the arts.

AARP, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit advocacy group for people 50 or older, has named Fernando Torres-Gil to its board. Torres-Gil is associate dean and professor at UCLA’s school of public affairs.

Los Angeles Universal Preschool, a downtown L.A.-based non-profit that promotes quality early education in Los Angeles County, has named Lynn Karoly to its corporate council. Karoly is a senior economist at Rand Corp., a Santa Monica-based non-profit think tank.

REAL ESTATE

Alvarez & Marsal Capital Real Estate LLC, a downtown L.A. real estate private equity firm, has named Alan Bear managing director. Previously, Bear was a principal at Probitas Partners, a San Francisco-based investment firm.

S.L. Leonard & Associates, a Camarillo-based real estate development and management firm, has named Dennis Watsabaugh principal in its Torrance office. Previously, Watsabaugh was senior vice president of development services at Thomas Properties Group Inc., a downtown L.A.-based real estate services firm.

KUDOS

Partners in Care Foundation, a San Fernando non-profit advocating for improved health care, has honored Lloyd A. Bookman and Robert W. Lundy with its Mathies Award for their work improving health care delivery services. Bookman and Lundy are name partners at Hooper Lundy & Bookman LLP, a Century City law firm specializing in health care.

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