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Newsmakers

NEWSMAKERS

ARCHITECTURE/DESIGN

Gensler, a San Francisco-based architecture and design services firm, has named Lance Carlson director of design strategy in its Santa Monica office. Previously, Carlson was president of Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary, Canada.

BANKING & FINANCE

Union Bank, the banking subsidiary of San Francisco-based UnionBanCal Corp., has named Timothy H. Wennes vice chairman. Wennes is chief retail banking officer in the bank’s downtown L.A. branch.

City National Bank, a Beverly Hills-based bank, has named Sara Buenabad senior vice president and manager of its downtown L.A. branch. Previously, Buenabad was vice president and manager of the branch.

Corridor Capital, a Santa Monica private equity firm, has named Marcus Badger a principal at the firm. Previously, Badger was a vice president at Frontenac Co., a Chicago-based investment services firm.

ENTERTAINMENT

Warner Bros. Technical Operations, a unit of Burbank-based Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., has named Justin Herz senior vice president of digital distribution and general manager of advanced digital services, and Brian McKay to executive vice president of production operations. Previously, Herz was vice president of advanced digital services. McKay was senior vice president of theatrical distribution and mastering operations.

Metacafe, a Palo Alto-based entertainment video website, has named Wendy Del Real account manager/planner and Angela Gaspar vice president of strategic accounts in its L.A. office. Previously, Del Real was digital media sales planner at Warner Bros. TV Group, a unit of Burbank-based Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Gaspar was vice president of digital sales at Warner Bros. Digital Media, a unit of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Demand Media Inc., a Santa Monica-based online media company, has named Peter Guber and Josh James to its board. Guber is chairman of Mandalay Entertainment Group, an L.A. entertainment production company. James is president-general manager of Omniture, an Orem, Utah-based maker of business software.

Kodak Entertainment Imaging, a Hollywood-based division of Kodak that specializes in film and digital imaging, has named Laura Lung vice president and general manager. Previously, Lung was vice president of corporate business development and marketing operations at the division.

HOSPITALITY

SBE, an L.A. hotel, restaurant and nightclub operator, has named Erin Shaffer director of marketing. Previously, Shaffer was PR director at Crocmedia, a Melbourne, Australia-based media firm.

LAW

Jones Day, a Cleveland-based law firm, has named Charles Read a partner in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Read was co-chairman of the energy, natural resources and environment group at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, a downtown L.A.-based law firm.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, a Chicago-based law firm, has named D. Stephen Antion a partner in the corporate practice at the firm’s Century City office. Previously, Antion was president of Ridgestone Corp., a Westwood investment firm.

Archer Norris, a Walnut Creek-based law firm, has named Steven L. Kester a partner in the firm’s downtown L.A. office. Previously, Kester was special counsel in the firm’s Newport Beach office.

MANUFACTURING

Ameron International Corp., a Pasadena maker of pipe products, has named Leonard J. McGill senior vice president. Previously, McGill was senior vice president at Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., a Riverside-based maker of RVs and manufactured housing.

NON-PROFIT

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, a North Hollywood center assisting low-income individuals, has named Bryan McKinney director. Previously, McKinney was a vice president at Children’s Hunger Fund, a Pacoima-based hunger relief charity.

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, a Pasadena non-profit provider of child mental health services, has named Henry Matson chairman. Matson is founder of Matson Development Co., a Long Beach real estate service company.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Public Relations Global Network, an international network of 40 independent PR firms, has named Patricia Perez president. Perez is principal at VPE Public Relations, a South Pasadena PR firm.

KUDOS

Zack Schuler won the Award for Professionalism from Network Professional Association, a San Diego-based advocacy group for the computer networking industry. Schuler is chief executive of Cal Net Technology Group, a Northridge technology consultancy and IT services firm.

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