NEWSMAKERS

ADVERTISING/MARKETING

Bird, a Hollywood strategic branding agency, has named Brian Yetwin account executive. Previously, Yetwin was senior account executive and senior copywriter at Iconisus, a Culver City advertising agency.

Bowman Design Group, a Signal Hill communications design and project management firm, has named Lee Harrington director of accounts. Previously, Harrington was co-owner and principal at F-Space Creative, a Laguna Niguel marketing firm.

Jack Morton Worldwide, a New York-based brand marketing agency, has named Daryl Butler senior vice president and managing director in its West Hollywood office. Previously, Butler was director of global consumer experience for the Jordan brand at Nike Inc., the Beaverton, Ore.-based maker of sporting goods, footwear and apparel.

Inter/Media Interactives, a subsidiary of Encino ad and marketing agency Inter/Media Group of Cos., has named John Cody affiliate manager. Previously, Cody was senior online media buyer for Bidz.com, a Culver City-based online retailer of luxury goods and jewelry.

Silent Partner Media LLC, an L.A. sports and entertainment marketing firm, has named Adam Nisenson partner. Previously, Nisenson was owner of Active Imagination, a Houston health care and sports marketing firm.

CONSULTING

Amy Zimmerman & Associates Inc., a Torrance staffing firm, has promoted Teddi Franklin-Hammer to senior recruiting manager. Previously, Franklin-Hammer was a recruiter at the firm.

Crowe Horwath LLP, a South Bend, Ind.-based accounting and consulting firm, has named Howard Chang senior manager in the tax business unit at its Sherman Oaks office. Previously, Chan was a senior tax manager at Deloitte LLP, a New York-based accounting service firm.

EDUCATION

California State University, Los Angeles, has named Ashish Vaidya provost and vice president for academic affairs. Previously, Vaidya was dean of the faculty at California State University, Channel Islands.

USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development has named Shlomi Ronen an adjunct professor. Ronen is managing director and co-founder at Lucent Capital, a Century City real estate financial advisory firm.

ENGINEERING

Partner Engineering and Science, an El Segundo environmental and engineering consulting firm, has named Kevin Roberts technical director of the firm’s industrial hygiene division. Previously, Roberts was a senior project manager at Coffey Environments, a unit of Coffey International Ltd., a Wayville, Australia-based professional services consultancy.

ENTERTAINMENT

Hallmark Channels, a Studio City-based operator of cable channels, has named Seema Patel director of pricing and planning. Previously, Patel was account director at Invision Inc., a New York advertising services company.

Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings Inc., a Hollywood-based entertainment and real estate development firm, has promoted Tanya Rebrova to vice president controller, Iggie Martinez to vice president of operations at its Occidental Studios production facilities division, Marcus Davis to vice president of property and construction management and Gail Wong to vice president of leasing at its Albert Sweet Development commercial real estate division. Also Pat Brizendine was promoted to vice president of operations and Gary Lustgarten to vice president of sales and marketing at its Prop Services West set design division. Previously, Rebrova was controller at the company. At their respective divisions, Martinez was director of operations; Davis was property manager; Wong was director of leasing; Brizendine was operations manager and Lustgarten sales and marketing manager.

Tricor Entertainment Inc., a San Marino movie production and distribution company, has named Jordan Darian director of development. Previously, Darian was a nightclub promoter and bar manager in South Beach, Fla.

HEALTH CARE

Olympia Medical Center in the Miracle Mile area has named Karen M. Knueven chief nursing officer. Previously, Knueven was assistant medical center administrator at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center.

LAW

Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, a Beverly Hills law firm, has named Michael V. Mancini and John W. Shenk associates. Previously, Mancini was an associate at Loeb & Loeb LLP, a Century City-based law firm, and Shenk was an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP, a Boston-based law firm.

Reed Smith LLP, a Pittsburgh-based law firm, has named Zac Locke an associate in the corporate and securities group at its Century City office and James Thoma partner in the corporate and securities group at its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Locke was an associate at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP, a Century City law firm. Thoma was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, a Miami-based law firm.

Winston & Strawn LLP, a Chicago-based law firm, has named C. James Levin and Warren Loui partners in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Levin was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers, a downtown L.A.-based law firm. Loui was a partner at Mayer Brown LLP, a Chicago-based law firm.

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, a West L.A. law firm, has named Ofer Lion senior associate. Previously, Lion was an associate in the tax department at Latham & Watkins LLP, a downtown L.A.-based law firm.

McGuireWoods LLP, a Richmond, Va.-based law firm, has named Michael Mandel a partner in its Century City office. Previously, Mandel was a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, a Chicago-based law firm.

MEDIA

Westwood One, a New York-based radio programming provider, has named Mark Stone chairman. Stone is senior managing director at the Gores Group, a Westwood private equity investment firm.

NON-PROFIT

Junior Achievement of Southern California, an L.A. non-profit that promotes financial literacy and entrepreneurship to K-12 students, has named Darcy Wilson-Jones to its board. Wilson-Jones is a partner at the Pasadena office of McGladrey, a Bloomington, Minn.-based accounting services firm.

REAL ESTATE

Colliers International, a Seattle-based commercial real estate firm, has promoted Kevin Fenenbock to senior vice president at its Encino office. Previously, Fenenbock was vice president at the firm.

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP, a Houston-based commercial real estate and capital markets services firm, has named Christopher Simon managing director in the debt placement group at its Century City office. Previously, Simon was chief financial officer and principal at DS Ventures LLC, a Beverly Hills real estate services firm.

RETAIL

Via Trading Corp., a Lynwood-based wholesaler of damaged and distressed goods, has named Alex Antypas chief operating officer. Previously, Antypas was a sales manager for Wrigley Inc., a Chicago-based maker of candy confections.

TECHNOLOGY

Coda Holdings, a Santa Monica company specializing in electric cars, has named Mark Jamieson chief financial officer. Previously, Jamieson was executive vice president and chief financial officer of HD Supply, an Atlanta-based wholesale distribution company.

Encore Inc., an L.A. software publisher, has named Andrew Lelchuk vice president of marketing. Previously, Lelchuk was Namco Bandai Games America Inc., a Santa Clara publisher and developer of video games.

Central Desktop, a Pasadena-based software company, has named Laurence Sotsky vice president of sales. Previously, Sotsky was vice president of sales at the Los Angeles Times Media Group.

Meteor Games, a Beverly Hills social gaming developer, has named Zac Brandenberg chief executive. Previously, Brandenberg was chief executive at Hydra, a Beverly Hills digital advertising platform operator.

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