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Adlink has promoted Rick Oster to executive vice president and general sales manager. He was vice president and general sales manager.

Banking & Finance

Union Bank of California has promoted senior vice presidents Bita Ardalan and Scott Connella to market presidents. Ardalan is responsible for the San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County and a portion of the Los Angeles market. Connella is responsible for the San Gabriel Valley, Inland Empire and a portion of the Los Angeles market.

Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management has hired David T. Pence as senior trust officer in the Los Angeles office. Previously, he was senior trust officer for Mellon Financial Corp.

National Bank of California has hired Adrienne Caldwell as regional vice president and manager of its Los Angeles headquarters office. Previously, Caldwell was senior vice president with Pacific Western Bank in Los Angeles.

Alan Robertson has joined Johnson Capital as senior director. Previously, he was senior regional manager of the Union Labor Life Insurance Comp.

Pacific Resource Credit Union has hired Gary Hails as vice president of lending. Previously, Hails was vice president of lending for Cal State 9 Credit Union.


Y & M; Partners LLC has hired Jay Ruffin as senior partner. Previously, Ruffin owned and directed Ruffin and Associates.


L.A. Mayor James Hahn has named Nora E. Vargas director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Currently, Vargas is vice president of governmental and political affairs for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino counties.


Erik Dahlerbruch has joined LA Inc., the Convention and Visitors Bureau, as vice president of hotel sales. Most recently, Dahlerbruch was director of sales and marketing at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport.


Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan LLP has hired Paul S. Anik and M. Katharine Davidson as partners and Kevin B. Martin as an associate. Previously, Anik was assistant general counsel for Informatics General Corp., Davidson was a tax partner in the Los Angeles office of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP and Martin was senior counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division.


Playboy Enterprises Inc. has promoted Stephen Randall to deputy editor of Playboy Magazine. He had been executive editor.


Avery Dennison Corp. has named John T. Cardis to its board. Cardis recently retired from Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, where he was a partner.


Kevin B. Kroeker has been elected chair of the Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center. He is a partner at K & R; Law Group LLP.

The Los Angeles Opera has named James Conlon music director, to start in July 2006. Conlon has been music director of the Cincinnati May Festival since 1979. In 2005, he will become music director of the Ravinia Festival, which hosts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in its summer residency.

The Music Center of Los Angeles County has appointed R. Renae Williams manager of dance presenting. Most recently, Williams was director of grant programs for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Alan Hoffman has joined Rand Corp. as vice president of external affairs. Previously, he was vice president for Timmons and Co.

Score Foundation has named Patty DeDominic as the second board chair. She is founder and chief executive of PDQ Careers Group of Cos.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles has named Dave Nichols as chair of the 2004-2005 fundraising campaign. He is senior vice president for SBC Communications Inc. in California.

Tony Palermo has joined the California Restaurant Association board. Palermo owns Tony P’s Dockside Grill in Marina del Rey.

Public Relations

CCG Investor Relations has promoted Crocker Coulson to president. Coulson was partner and chief operating officer.

International public relations firm the Lippin Group has promoted Robin Mesger to senior vice president. She was vice president.

Promax & BDA; has named Suzanne Marie Gutierrez executive vice president of corporate relations worldwide. Previously, Gutierrez was director of corporate relations for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Fleishman-Hillard Los Angeles has named Hayley Sumner senior vice president. Sumner had run her own publicity firm, focused on celebrity clients.

Real Estate

Lowe Enterprises has named John W. Devereux senior vice president of Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group. Devereux was co-founder of Vista Real Estate partners, a boutique real estate investment firm.


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