NEWSMAKERS

ADVERTISING/MARKETING

BrandDNA Inc., a Hollywood public relations and marketing firm, has named Kelsey Gray Sherman social media specialist and Olivia Tiet account planner. Previously, Sherman was an entertainment marketing intern at Puma, a Nurnberg, Germany-based shoemaker. Tiet was a media planning intern at Aaaza, a Koreatown marketing firm.

Inter/Media Advertising, a division of Encino-based Inter/Media Group of Cos., has named Candice Yoo interactive media designer. Previously, Yoo was Web designer at Gaad Corp., a Torrance e-commerce advisory business.

BANKING & FINANCE

First California Financial Group Inc., the Westlake Village parent of First California Bank, has named Bradley R. Brown executive vice president, chief audit executive and chief risk officer. Previously, Brown was executive vice president at Pacific Capital Bancorp, the Santa Barbara-based parent of Santa Barbara Bank and Trust.

Michel Financial Group, a Century City financial services firm, has named Lana Jacqueline McNally director of brokerage. Previously, McNally was director of business development for Houck Inc., a West L.A. design-build firm.

CONSULTING

Slalom Consulting, a Seattle-based business and technology consultancy, has named Chris Lord general manager at its El Segundo office. Previously, Lord was vice president at Hitachi Consulting, a Dallas business consultancy.

Amy Zimmerman & Associates Inc., a Torrance-based executive search firm, has named Ed Ziti vice president of staffing. Previously, Ziti was an executive recruiter at BSM Associates, an Irvine-based executive search firm.

ENGINEERING

IBE Consulting Engineers Inc., a Sherman Oaks engineering services firm, has promoted Bungane Mehlomakulu to principal. Also, Sandra Corazzelli and Jane O’Neill were promoted to senior associates. Previously, Mehlomakulu was a senior associate; Corazzelli and O’Neill were associates.

ENTERTAINMENT

FishBowl Worldwide Media, a West L.A. media production company, has named Beth Greenwald senior vice president of unscripted development and Jennifer Gwartz senior vice president of scripted development. Previously, Greenwald was vice president, original programming, at E Entertainment. Gwartz was executive producer on cable TV show “Party Down.”

Mothership, a Venice media production firm, has named Aladino Debert director. He also will serve as creative director at sister firm Digital Domain, a Venice visual effects firm. Previously, Debert was creative director at Radium, a Dallas based digital visual effects firm.

Dick Clark Productions Inc., a Burbank-based TV producer and distributor, has named Wayne Sampson vice president of development. Previously, Sampson was director of development and production at cable TV channel Discovery Channel.

HOSPITALITY

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has named Keith Roberts executive chef. Previously, Roberts was executive chef of the Marriott Los Angeles Downtown Hotel.

INSURANCE

Alan Kaye Insurance Agency Inc., a Beverly Hills insurance brokerage, has named Michael M. Blumenfeld vice president of long-term care and discounted annuities. Previously, Blumenfeld was an independent insurance adviser.

LAW

Burke Williams & Sorensen LLP, a downtown L.A. law firm, has named Karen C. Freitas, C. Edward Langhammer and Charles E. Slyngstad partners. Previously, Freitas and Langhammer were shareholders at Cotkin Law Group, a downtown L.A. firm. Slyngstad was a partner at Morris Polich & Purdy LLP, a downtown L.A.-based law firm.

The American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a Rockville, Md.-based invitation-only industry advocacy group, has named Susan Fowler McNally a member. McNally is a partner at Gilchrist & Rutter PC, a downtown L.A. law firm.

Alston & Bird LLP, an Atlanta-based law firm, has named David H. Ben-Meir and Rachel M. Capoccia partners in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Ben-Meir and Capoccia were partners at Hogan & Hartson LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm.

Blank Rome LLP, a Philadelphia-based law firm, has named Peter F. Jazayeri an associate in its Century City office. Previously, Jazayeri was an associate at Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, a Beverly Hills law firm.

Reed Smith LLP, a Pittsburgh-based law firm, has named Francisca M. Mok partner in its Century City office. Previously, Mok was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery, a New York-based law firm.

MANUFACTURING

J Brand, a downtown L.A. apparel company, has named Efthimios P. Sotos chief financial officer. Previously, Sotos was chief financial and chief operating officer at Metropark USA Inc., a Los Angeles-based retail store chain operator.

REAL ESTATE

Gregg Evangelho was named business unit leader of the L.A. urban division of Merit Property Management, an Aliso Viejo-based rental management services business. Previously, Evangelho was general manager at Aqua Maintenance Corp., a Long Beach maintenance contractor.

CityView, a downtown L.A.-based real estate investment services firm, has named Bruce Crane multifamily vice president at its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Crane was vice president at Klingbeil Capital Management, a Centreville, Va.-based real estate investment and property management firm.

StarPoint Properties LLC, a Beverly Hills-based real estate investment firm, has promoted Patrick Luke to director of multifamily acquisitions. Previously, Luke was a senior acquisitions manager with the company.

UGL Equis, a Chicago-based real estate services firm, has promoted Michael McKeever to senior vice president in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, McKeever was vice president at the company.

TECHNOLOGY

CyberDefender Corp., a downtown L.A.-based maker of online security products, has named Sarah B. Hicks senior vice president of product development. Previously, Hicks was vice president of product management at Symantec, a Mountain View-based maker of security software.

Ascent Media Group LLC, a Santa Monica-based digital media services firm, has named Eric Denna to senior vice president of global process design and David Walters senior vice president of global technical operations and infrastructure in its Santa Monica office. Previously, Denna was chief operating officer at the RBL Group, a Provo, Utah-based business consultancy. Walters was vice president of technical operations at Walt Disney Co.’s Internet division.

KUDOS

Gilbert L. Henry, a vice president of finance at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, was honored by Kutztown University in Pennsylvania with the alumni citation award for service and distinguished professional achievement. Henry is a vice president of finance at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.

Carla Christofferson, Kathy Goodman, Emily Wang and Suzi Weiss-Fischmann were given Deborah Awards by the Anti-Defamation League, a New York-based civil rights non-profit focused on defending the Jewish people, for their professional and civic contributions to the L.A. community. Christofferson is a managing partner at law firm O’Melveny & Myers and co-owner of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Goodman is a teacher at High Tech Los Angeles High School and co-owner of the Sparks. Wang is senior vice president at East West Bank. Weiss-Fischmann is executive vice president at OPI Products, a North Hollywood maker of manicure and pedicure products.

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