newsmakers/jas/mike1st/mark2nd Banking & Finance Harold C. Rose has been promoted from senior vice president of West Coast production to executive vice president of loan production for ARCS Mortgage Co. L.P. His duties include companywide production and marketing. Other appointments at the Calabasas-based firm include Kevin Kleen as senior vice president and chief underwriting officer of ARCS Commerical Mortgage Co. L.P. and Laura Maynard as vice president in Kleen’s department. Peter Steinmann has been named senior vice president of the Sherman Oaks-based American Pacific State Bank. Prior to joining America Pacific, Steinmann oversaw the business banking group of TransWorldBank. Elaine R. Hineman has been promoted to vice president of investments at Smith Barney in Glendale. Hineman’s responsibilities include client asset allocation, retirement planning, education funding analysis, mutual fund evaluation and trust plan services. Entertainment MTM Enterprises Inc. has named Renee Madrigal as vice president of worldwide marketing. She will be responsible for initiating worldwide marketing strategies and coordinating the advertising, publicity, media and promotion campaigns for the company’s entertainment signature properties. Madrigal will also serve as the central marketing coordinator for cross-divisional activities involving consumer products, music, interactive products and home video. Universal Studios has appointed Jay E. Shecter vice president of strategic sourcing. Shecter joined Universal Studios from Seagram, where he served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Chivas & Glenliver Group in London. Adam Kriger has been appointed vice president of strategic planning for Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. Kriger had been director of strategic planning. He will be responsible for strategy and new business development for Disney’s theme parks, resorts and regional entertainment activities. Kerry Carr has been named vice president of the management audit department of Walt Disney Co. Carr will oversee the execution of financial, operational and informational systems control audits for all of Disney’s business units. Prior to joining Disney, Carr was vice president of internal audits at ABC and an audit manager with Deloitte and Touche LLP. Richard W. Taylor, executive vice president of Hill and Knowlton Inc., has been named chairman and chief executive officer of Showcase Placements Inc., a Burbank-based product placement agency which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hill and Knowlton. Taylor has been serving as Hill and Knowlton’s president of business development and as global account director for two of the firm’s clients: the Government of Puerto Rico and the Tournament of Roses. Health Care Dr. Armen Duman has been named medical director of the acute rehabilitation unit at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. Duman, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, plans to develop programs in specialty areas, such as stroke, brain injury, orthopedics, arthritis and rheumatology treatments. Michael Higgins has been appointed general manager of special and national accounts for Blue Cross of California. He will be responsible for all services provided to a large group of commercial customers and labor accounts. Blue Cross is located in Woodland Hills. Real Estate The Voit Cos. has appointed Ricard B. Kern as senior vice president in charge of the asset services division. Kern will be responsible for strategic planning and consulting services for real estate assets and overseeing fee development, acquisition, disposition, build-to-suit and other real estate assignments at the Woodland Hills-based firm. Prior to joining Voit, Kern was a vice president of Davis Partners Inc.