Accounting & Consulting
Richard Withey was promoted to lead partner of the Southern California technology, information/communications, and entertainment practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles. He will oversee practice activities in the firm’s L.A., Century City, Woodland Hills and Orange County offices.
Advertising & P.R.
Mee Lee was named senior vice president at Marathon Communications in Los Angeles. She will specialize in community relations for land-use and development projects. Lee was formerly vice president of development at Douglas Emmett & Co.
Jeff Matloff was appointed senior vice president of business affairs at DNA Studio, a digital media and marketing company based in Los Angeles. He will oversee all legal and corporate business affairs. Matloff was most recently executive vice president of business affairs and general counsel at Rysher Entertainment.
Larry Shulman was named vice president at Hanson & Schwam Public Relations in Beverly Hills. He will oversee the agency’s special events department and will work on corporate, film and television accounts. Shulman was previously vice president and senior publicist at Stone/Hallinan Associates.
Steve Valentine was promoted to vice president of the Blaze Co., a marketing communications and public relations firm in Venice. He will be responsible for generating new business, overseeing several accounts and managing the agency’s own marketing campaign. Valentine was most recently a senior account supervisor.
Millard Archuleta was appointed vice president of business development at Pickard Architects and Pickard Construction in Whittier. He will oversee business development among new and existing clients and will be responsible for supervising a new office in Rancho Mirage. Archuleta was previously head of Millard Archuleta Associates in Los Angeles.
Banking & Finance
Susannah L. Greene was named business development officer at U.S. Bank’s Small Business Administration division in Glendale. She will be responsible for providing SBA-guaranteed loans to small businesses in L.A. Greene was most recently assistant vice president of commercial lending at Bank of America.
Stuart Weiss was appointed vice president of business development at the corporate trust and escrow division of Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for business development in California’s corporate and public finance markets. Weiss was previously with U.S. Trust in Los Angeles.
Sean Carey was promoted to senior vice president of corporate development at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City. He will be responsible for strategic activities, including corporate transactions and financing. Carey was previously vice president of corporate development. Also, Robert Houseal and Mark Lebowitz were promoted to senior vice presidents and chief financial officers. Houseal will oversee financial matters for both Columbia TriStar Home Video and Columbia Pictures. Lebowitz will be responsible for all financial functions at Columbia TriStar Television. Both were previously senior vice presidents of finance at Columbia TriStar Home Video and Columbia TriStar Television, respectively.
Nora Dashwood was named chief operating officer of Pacific Theatres in Los Angeles. She will oversee the film, operations, marketing and human resources departments. Dashwood was most recently senior vice president of North American staff operations at American Multi-Cinema.
Michael Tasooji was promoted to senior vice president and chief information officer at Walt Disney Co. in Burbank. He will be responsible for worldwide information systems and technology resources. Tasooji was formerly senior vice president of information services for Walt Disney Attractions.
Evan Rayner was appointed chief executive at Hollywood Community Hospital in Los Angeles. He will oversee all operations at the 99-bed facility. Rayner was previously vice president of Bakersfield Heart Hospital.
David Tillman was promoted to president and chief executive of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, a health and human services organization for the entertainment industry based in Woodland Hills. He will be responsible for overseeing all activities including health care, child care, and retirement and social/charitable services. Tillman is a medical doctor and was most recently chief executive at the organization’s Industry Advantage Health System.
Jack Kennedy was appointed chief executive at Load Media Network in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for the development and financial performance of the company, which makes a free desktop video software application for PC users. Kennedy was most recently the strategic advisor to the chief executive of Teledesic. Also, Brian Hendrickson was named chief operating officer. He will manage operations and commercial and consumer product development. Hendrickson was formerly chief operating officer at Powernet International.
Matthew Lawrence was named vice president of finance at House of Moves Motion Capture Studio, a Los Angeles firm that digitizes human motion performances for use in 3-D animation. He will oversee all financial matters. Lawrence was previously a manager in the business regeneration services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles and Boston. Also, Rita Mines was promoted to vice president of operations. She will be responsible for all operations. Mines was formerly director of operations.
Gregory Witherspoon was appointed chief financial officer at iWeb Corp., a high-tech incubator based in Los Angeles. He will oversee all financial activities. Witherspoon was previously executive vice president and chief financial officer at Aames Financial Corp.
Gregory Harrison was appointed vice president of sales at Massive Media Group, a Los Angeles-based firm that provides technology for secure distribution of digital content to entertainment and advertising companies. He will work with the company’s partners to establish strategic direction and will leverage existing relationships in the technology and media markets. Harrison was previously head of sales and marketing at Emotion Inc.
Sarina Simon was named president and chief executive at Knowledge Kids Network in Los Angeles. She will provide strategic direction for the company, which develops media-based educational products and will soon launch its Web site. Simon was previously senior vice president of content, research and development at Knowledge Universe, the firm’s parent company. Also, Scott Siegler was named president and chief operating officer at KnowledgeBroadcasting.com, another Knowledge Universe subsidiary. He will be responsible for strategic direction as the company prepares to launch a broadband network of Internet-based broadcast channels. Siegler was most recently president of Granada Entertainment USA.
Judith Woodhall was named chief information officer and chief operating officer at AnnuityScout.com, a Web site based in Marina del Rey that provides online comparisons of annuity investment plans. She will oversee the policy administration, case management and new business divisions, as well as all information technology. Woodhall was most recently senior vice president and chief information officer at eCruiting Inc. Also, Nathan R. Johnson was named chief financial officer. He will be responsible for securing additional funding sources for the site. Johnson was previously chief financial officer with Applied Carbochemicals.
Bill Emhoff was appointed senior vice president at NAI Capital Commercial’s investment division in West Los Angeles. He specializes in the sale and leasing of Southern California investment properties. Emhoff was most recently a senior vice president at Pinnacle Realty in Los Angeles.
Fred A. Sheriff was appointed senior vice president at Charles Dunn Co. in Los Angeles. He will share management responsibilities for the firm’s West L.A. brokerage office and also for company-wide business and resource development. Sheriff was previously vice president and director of brokerage services with Norris & Stevens in Portland, Ore.