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Entertainment Burbank-based, SoapNet has appointed Sherri York vice president, marketing and Mary Ellen DiPrisco was named executive director, original programming. York will establish and implement marketing strategy for the network. She will be responsible for on-air promotion and trade and consumer off-channel marketing activities. Most recently, York was the national director of marketing communications for MTV Networks. Previously, she was a marketing consultant for Frank Magid Associates Inc. DiPrisco will be responsible for identifying, developing and overseeing production of original programming to support the network’s branding efforts. Prior to joining SoapNet, she served as producer on “Beyond with James Van Praagh” for Tribune Entertainment. She also developed and produced celebrity attorney Howard Weitzman’s pilot, “Twisted Justice,” for MGM-TV. Brad Ball has been named executive vice president, domestic corporate marketing for Warner Bros. He will oversee new brands and franchises along with existing ones for all Warner divisions. Ball joined Warner Bros. in 1998 as president of domestic marketing. Previously, he served as senior vice president, marketing for McDonald’s for three years. Prior to that, he was a partner in Davis, Ball & Colombatto. Education Iraj Borbor was named chair of the California Engineering Liaison (ELC), an agency that works to improve engineering education programs in California. His responsibilities will include working with industry leaders to ensure that students obtain the skills and knowledge relevant to the workplace. Borbor is currently the dean of DeVry/West Hills. Technology Chatsworth-based, Capstone Turbine Corp., makers of microturbine power systems, has retained Norman Chambers for its newly-created chief operating officer position. Chambers will be responsible for sales and marketing and other internal operations. Chambers previously served as president and ceo of the former Petrocosm Corp. Before that he held various executive positions at Halliburton Co. Osama Bahgat has been elected vice president of engineering for Fiberspace, Inc. He has more than 26 years of telecommunications experience from several leading industry companies, including Alcatel and Nortel Networks. Prior to joining Fiberspace, Bahgat worked at CopperCom, where he successfully led the voiceover broadband product development team and delivered releases of the gateway product. In addition, he led the development of Lite Span broadband DSL hardware products at Alcatel. Syed Husain has been appointed chief operating officer and Rick Poole was named chief financial officer for NetSol International Inc. Prior to joining NetSol, Husain was a program director at General Electric Information Systems’ global financial risk management group. Prior to General Electric, he worked for Andersen Consulting. Prior to joining NetSol, Poole was at Stonefield Josephson Inc., where he served as a senior manager in the firm’s audit and attest services division, serving information technology, manufacturing and professional services clients. Poole is a licensed CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Calabasas-based Universal Domains Inc. has appointed Karim Rahemtulla chief operating officer, Peter B. Wiggans vice president, business development and Victoria Chen corporate secretary. The appointments will follow the completion of the acquisition of VCL Communications Corp. by Universal Domains. Before joining VCL, Rahemtulla was vice president, business development for a Streaming Media Network where he developed products and services for the investor relations and public company markets. Wiggans had been involved in international sales, marketing and operations for over twenty years. Prior to VCL, he served as director of sales for Group Telecom. Chen’s responsibilities will include administration, securities, compliance and registration, research and fundraising.

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