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AEROSPACE Judy McFarland has assumed new duties with the Northrop Grumman Corporation as vice president of its human resources service center. McFarland will be responsible for the oversight and management of all key company-wide initiatives, including the implementation of the human resources service center; which will handle all human resources transactions and services for company employees. McFarland is a 27-year veteran of the human resources and operations fields and most recently served as director of human resources for Northrop’s Defense Mission Systems division. Additionally, McFarland has served with such companies as TRW, BDM and Bell Atlantic, acting in many administrative and executive roles. McFarland holds a bachelor of science degree in management from National-Louis University. ENTERTAINMENT Patricia Vance has been named to the Calabasas-based Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ board of directors. Vance currently serves as president of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB), where she is responsible for the oversight and enforcement of the computer and video game industry’s self-regulatory practices. In her new role as a board member with the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Vance will work to promote awareness for the art and science of interactive games and entertainment. Vance is an interactive media veteran and previously served an 18 year tenure with Disney/ABC. Josh Resnick has been re-elected to the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences board of directors; where he will work to promote awareness of the interactive entertainment industry. Resnick is the acting president and co-founder of Pandemic Studios, a firm which has grown to over 300 programmers and designers under the last nine years of his leadership. Prior to co-founding Pandemic, Resnick spent four years with Activision, Inc. serving as a producer and later as director of production for the company’s strategy division. Tyler Leshney joins Deluxe Digital Media as vice president of archive solutions. Leshney will be responsible for generating new opportunities for Deluxe to provide physical and digital asset management services to content owners outside of the traditional Hollywood sector; such as museums, educational institutions and various foundations. Prior to his current duties with Deluxe, Leshney spent five years with the Ascent Media Group, where he served in several key executive roles. Additionally, Leshney has extensive experience in the field of finance and investment, having previously held posts with such companies as TCW/Crescent Mezzanine and Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. of New York. Theodore Botts has been appointed to the board of directors of StereoVision Entertainment Inc. Botts serves as chief financial officer for the Van Nuys film production company. Carmi Zlotnik has joined the board of directors of mobile entertainment company GoTV Networks, based in Sherman Oaks. Zlotnik will serve as executive chairman. Zlotnik previously was Executive Vice President of the New Media Programming Group for Home Box Office, Inc. In that position, he was responsible for the creation of video-based programming as well as interactive entertainment for new media platforms, including broadband, wireless, portable devices, on-demand, radio and audio devices. FINANCE Bill Keane has joined First Private Bank & Trust as acting vice president of wealth management and trust services. Keane offers over 12 years of financial expertise and will work from FPB & T’s Westlake Village and Santa Monica offices respectively. Prior to his current responsibilities, Keane served as senior wealth advisor for Union Bank of California. Keane is an alumnus of USC, and is currently pursuing graduate studies at California Lutheran University, where he is working to achieve his certified financial planner designation. First Private Bank & Trust is a member of the Boston Private Wealth Management Group. Rachel Rico, CPA has been elevated to the status of partner with the firm of Singer Lewak Greenbaum & Goldstein LLP. Rico has served with SLGG since 1995, initially starting in the assurance and advisory department. Rico’s expertise includes assisting companies with mergers and acquisitions, cash flow forecasts, as well as bid rate and overhead analysis. Rico is an integral part of the firm’s in-house training program and conducts numerous accounting related seminars. Rico offers extensive experience in working with private and family-owned businesses, in addition to professionally managed and private-equity funded companies. She is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton. Harmeet Singh, CPA has achieved the status of partner with the firm of Singer Lewak Greenbaum & Goldstein; LLP. Singh is a member of the firm’s assurance, advisory and securities industry practice group and holds extensive experience in corporate restructurings, secondary offerings, initial public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Singh has provided audit and consulting services to companies throughout numerous industries, including technology, biotechnology, retail, entertainment and manufacturing. Singh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy and finance from California State University, Northridge. Calabasas-based Countrywide Financial Corp. announced that acting President and CEO David Sambol has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. Sambol is a 22-year veteran of Countrywide and was appointed to the position of president and CEO in 2006. Sambol’s current duties find him responsible for the oversight of all corporate operational and support units, in addition to his role as a member of Countrywide’s executive committee. Sambol has served in many key executive roles throughout his tenure with Countrywide, including stints as executive managing director of business segment operations and director of internal audits. Sambol is a certified public accountant and started his career with the firm of Ernst & Whitney. Sandy Kelleher will retire at the end of the year after 35 years with Matadors Community Credit Union. Kelleher started with the credit union as part of a three-person staff and helped grow it to a $120 million full-service financial institution with two branches in the San Fernando Valley. Kelleher plans to move out of state with her husband, Jim. HEALTH CARE Joseph Capezza has been named as the new chief financial officer for Health Net Inc. In that role Capezza is responsible for all financial activities of the company, including financial reporting, accounting, finance, risk management, and business and financial planning. Capezza was previously the CFO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of Wellesley, Mass. INSURANCE The Studio City-based DeWitt Stern Group announced the addition of Richard Eisenberg as senior executive of its film and media division. Eisenberg most recently served with AON/A.G. Ruben in the capacity of film consultant. Eisenberg’s extensive insurance and entertainment industry experience is expected to further grow DSG’s already rapidly expanding film and media division. Eisenberg will split his time between DSG’s Studio City and New York offices in the coming months. Established in 1899, DSG is a premier privately-held insurance broker and risk advisor that specializes in the arts and entertainment fields. Also joining the Dewitt Stern Group from AON/A.G. Ruben, are Christina Born and Jennifer Bond. While at AON/A.G. Ruben, Born and Bond provided crucial support services for the firm’s clientele. In their new capacities, both Born and Bond will continue to work closely with former AON/A.G. Ruben associate, Richard Eisenberg, who has also joined DSG. Bond and Born will be based out of DSG’s Studio City office. MANUFACTURING Donald Neumann has been named as vice president of consumer marketing for Wataire International Inc., a Woodland Hills maker of atmospheric water generations systems. Neumann has a background in direct response and infomercial marketing. NOT FOR PROFIT National Easter Seals has elected Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Group senior vice president, Mary Platt to its new board of directors. Platt has been a member of the Easter Seals Southern California (ESSC) board for the past seven years and has acted as its chair for the past two. Platt has served with Wells Fargo since 1989 and has held several key executive roles within the company throughout her tenure. Platt is a Los Angeles native and in her current role with Wells Fargo, she is responsible for business development in the Southern California region. Easter Seals is the leading not-for-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities and other special needs. Zaya S. Younan was appointed to the board of directors of the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Younan is chairman and CEO of Younan Properties Inc. in Woodland Hills. In June, the Zaya S. and Sherry Younan Foundation announced sponsorship of the museum’s “America’s Longest Conflict” exhibit paying tribute to American aviation in global conflict and full-scale wars between 1946 and 1991. PUBLISHING Ellen Romanow has been appointed as associate publisher with 1105 Education Group, a division of 1105 Media Inc. in Chatsworth. In that position, Romanow will be responsible for sales and custom media across the growing division of print, online and events. Romanow was previously manager director of Custom Media for 1105 and owned her own company, Custom Content Solutions. REAL ESTATE Eric Elder was inducted into the Sales and Marketing Council Hall of Fame for Los Angeles/Ventura County. Elder is senior vice president of marketing and communications for The Ryland Group Inc., a Calabasas based homebuilder. The Hall of Fame recognizes sales and marketing leaders in the real estate industry demonstrating 15 years of noteworthy contributions. SALES Justin Rich has been named as national sales manager with Metro Interactive, a Chatsworth adult entertainment company. Rich previously worked for Metro’s Amazing Superstore chain and Metro Sales. Rich will work out of the company’s East Coast office. TECHNOLOGY Alex Daly resigned as a member of the board of directors with Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. Daly served on the board since 1998. Steven Markheim has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Electro Rent Corp. Markheim has been with Electro Rent for 27 years, most recently as executive vice president. Prior to joining the company Markheim was an accounting manager at Panasonic West. Electro Rent leases and rents electronic test equipment, personal computers and servers. Keith B. Hall has been appointed to the board of director of Electronic Clearing House, a Camarillo-based electronic payment and verification company. Hall will serve on the board’s Audit, Compensation and Governance and Nominating committees. Hall recently retired as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of LendingTree, Inc., a division of InterActive Corp. (IACI), where he had been instrumental in guiding the firm to achieve profitability and raising $150 million in capital, including overseeing the company’s initial public offering in 2000.

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