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Grace Robertson has been named to head the Advanced Transport Aircraft Systems group of McDonnell Douglas Military Transport Aircraft in Long Beach.

She replaces John King, who is retiring after 41 years with the aerospace company. Advanced Transport is responsible for development of future military and commercial aircraft and associated technologies.

Robertson has been vice president/general manager of development at Douglas Aircraft Co. since September 1996.


Mavis Takemoto has been promoted to senior vice president of administration for Universal Music & Video Distribution. Takemoto is based in Los Angeles, and will now be responsible for overseeing all business, operating, office and personnel administration of audio distribution. Her promotion marks her sixth year with Universal Music Group, which handles distribution for MCA Records, Geffen Records, Universal Records, Interscope Records and other labels.

Stanley H. Greene has been appointed president of The Box-USA. The Box is the first interactive all-music video network where viewers can select songs over the telephone. It is currently in 25 million households worldwide. Greene previously served as vice president of Bell Atlantic Video Services.

Phillip Muhl has been promoted to the position of senior vice president in charge of business and legal affairs for The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group. In his new capacity, Muhl will oversee the business side for films released by Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures. He was previously vice president of business affairs for Disney.

Miller/Shandwick Technologies announced the appointment of Chris Aarons as vice president. He will be responsible for accounts in the Los Angeles office of the international technology public relations firm. He has been with the company for two years.

Health Care

Thomas Morello has been appointed area vice president for Browning-Ferris Industries Medical Waste Processing facility in Los Angeles.

He comes to BFI after serving for three years as plant manager for American Ref-Fuel’s Waste-to-Energy Facility in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He has also worked for Occidental Chemical. BFI owns the nation’s largest network of medical waste collection and disposal facilities.

OrNda Healthcorp announced the promotion of John V. Fenton to the position of chief executive officer of Brotman Medical Center. Fenton, currently CEO of Midway Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, will now oversee both facilities, as well as Westside Hospital in Beverly Hills. He will oversee 770 beds in the Los Angeles area.

High Technology

Photobit Co. announced the naming of Dr. Eric Fossum as chief scientist and Charles Watson as senior systems engineer. The company develops active pixel sensor technology, which brings video capabilities to computers. Fossum previously worked as the principal inventor of the CMOS technology while working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. He will spearhead Photobit’s research group. Watson was previously a senior scientist at Texas Instruments Inc. He will be in charge of the company’s camera system development.

Merisel Inc. announced that Robert J. McInerney has been appointed president and chief operating officer. The Los Angeles-based company distributes computer hardware, software and networking products. McInerney will be responsible for U.S. and Canadian operations, including sales, product and inventory management. Prior to joining Merisel, McInerney served as executive vice president of United Capital Corp., a multinational holding company.


Foley Lardner Weissburg & Aronson has named two new partners at its Los Angeles office: Jonathon E. Cohn and Terri Wagner Cammarano.

Cohn’s practice is in the litigation department, with an emphasis on health care issues. He specializes in patient transfer/discharge cases and the regulation of residential care facilities for the elderly.

Cammarano represents nonprofit operations, health care providers and a variety of other businesses in tax and transactional issues.

Stephen L. Saltzman has been named a partner in the entertainment department of Loeb & Loeb. Saltzman represents companies throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, in connection with their financing of theatrical and television motion pictures.

Saltzman’s clients include Daewoo Corp., Banque Paribas, Los Angeles Agency, MTM Cineteve, KickFilms and Enigma Pictures.


Russ Rein Co. has named Ann R. Dailey as its vice president for media and database marketing. The company is one of the nation’s largest full-service marketing and communications agencies specializing in nonprofit organizations. Dailey will be in charge of clients, including Columbia House Christian Music Club, World Vision, Boys Town, American Cancer Society and the International Union of Gospel Missions.

Kenneth W. Mowery has been named chief financial officer of Ahlman & Associates Inc. He will be responsible for all accounting and financial affairs of this marketing and public relations firm. He previously was a business consultant for 16 years, with clients including Corral Clothing Stores.

Real Estate

Fred Sands Co. announced that Jerry Cole is joining the real estate firm as general manager. He will be in charge of the Fred Sands Co.’s expansion program, which involves expanding the firm to 400 offices nationwide in the next five years.

Cole is founder and former president of Coldwell Banker Residential Affiliates and Prudential Real Estate Affiliates Inc. He was also a vice present at Century 21. He will be based at Fred Sands’ Los Angeles office.

Penny Morris has joined Los Angeles-based real estate investment banking firm Triton Pacific Capital as managing director. She was previously senior partner in charge of marketing and client relations at Westmark, and was responsible for raising more than $1 billion in real estate investments from institutional investors. At Triton Pacific, she primarily will be responsible communicating with pension funds about investing in the firm’s clients.

Barry A. Chase, former president of Cushman Investment and Development Corp., has been named president of Asset Recovery Solutions at Media Resources International Ltd. He will be in charge of the company’s efforts to assist companies, financial institutions and property owners in the disposition of real estate assets. Asset Recovery is a new subsidiary of MRI, which provides barter services to such major corporations as Adidas, Volvo Cars of America and IBM.


Phillip Gay has been hired as chief executive officer of Color Me Mine, which is a subsidiary of the Koo Koo Roo Restaurant chain. Gay was formerly chief financial officer of the Wolfgang Puck Organization. Beverly Hills-based Color Me Mine allows customers to purchase and paint ceramic pieces at the store.

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