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Banking & Finance Charles E. Fenton was promoted to executive vice president of Verdugo Banking Co. in Glendale. He will continue to oversee all credit and business development functions. Fenton was previously the company’s chief credit officer. Also, Robert S. Nolin was promoted to senior vice president. He will continue to be in charge of all lending units. Nolin was previously senior lending officer. Seth Herman was appointed senior vice president and California sales manager for Altres Financial in Sherman Oaks. He will be responsible for managing the regional sales force and developing new business. Herman was previously vice president of Bay View Funding. David Trzcinski was promoted to chief financial officer of WMC Mortgage in Woodland Hills, one of five executive appointments announced this month. He will directly oversee the accounting and treasury departments. Trzcinski was previously treasurer at the company. Dianne M. Senechal was named senior vice president. She will be responsible for operations and underwriting. Senechal was previously vice president and operations manager of NationsBanc Mortgage. Joseph A. Smith was named senior vice president of secondary marketing and securitization. Smith was formerly director of secondary marketing and trading at Aames Capital Corp. Frank Nese was appointed senior vice president of electronic commerce. Nese was most recently senior vice president and director of telesales with Firstplus Financial. Catherine Carrillo was named senior vice president of human resources. Carrillo was previously senior vice president of human resources at Pacific Thrift and Loan in Woodland Hills. Education Gunnar Swanson was appointed director of the multimedia program at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. He will be responsible for planning curriculum and program expansion, as well as teaching. Swanson was previously an instructor at UC Davis. Also, Dannielle Robertson was named director of corporate relations for the multimedia program. She will set up student internships, secure funding, and bring in outside speakers for the program. Robertson is also president of the Image Maker in Woodland Hills and a freelance producer and television director. Entertainment Jay Fukuto was appointed senior vice president of animation for Netter Digital Entertainment in North Hollywood. He will be responsible for development and production of animated series and feature films. Fukuto was previously senior vice president of MGM Animation in Santa Monica. Jay Durgan has been appointed international senior vice president of Universal Music Group in Universal City. He will be responsible for coordinating the international marketing activities of North American artists. Durgan was previously international senior vice president for PolyGram Holding. Also, Henry Droz was named division chairman of Universal Music & Video Distribution. He will focus on strategy and administrative services. Droz was previously president of the division. Jim Urie was promoted to president of the division. He will oversee music and video sales activities. Urie was previously co-executive vice president and general manager at UMVD. Also, Craig Kornblau was promoted to president of Universal Studios Home Video. He has overall responsibility for U.S. video activities. Kornblau was previously executive vice president and general manager of the division and will maintain these titles. Claudia Gray was appointed executive vice president of the new specialty film division at Universal Pictures in Universal City. She will oversee all marketing services including advertising, publicity, and research. Gray was most recently executive vice president of publicity at Gramercy Pictures. Also, Paul Hardart was promoted to senior vice president of the division. He will oversee all business, financial and operational functions. Hardart was previously vice president of strategic planning for Universal Pictures. Pat Moloney was promoted to vice president of entertainment for Universal Studios Hollywood. He will be responsible for the direction and operation of all live entertainment, including shows and special events. Moloney was previously director of entertainment for the company. High Tech Thomas E. Hill was appointed vice president of human resources for Litton Industries in Woodland Hills. He will develop strategies for organizational effectiveness, employee relations, recruiting, and oversee compensation and benefits. Hill was most recently senior vice president of Dade Behring Inc., in Deerfield, Ill. Clark Hardesty was named vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for 3D Systems in Valencia. He will be responsible for sales strategy, product development, and public relations. Hardesty was previously owner of White Hawk Holding Co. Manufacturing Ira Lapides has been promoted to president and chief executive of Replacement Parts Industries in Chatsworth. He will be responsible for day-to-day company operations. Lapides was most recently vice president of operations. Joan Woodlock was promoted to vice president of marketing and customer service. She will be responsible for strategic analysis of market trends, advertising and promotion, and customer service management. Woodlock was previously the company’s marketing director. Also, Phil Goldstein was promoted to director of product development. He will oversee new product development and analysis. Goldstein was previously product development manager. Personnel Judy Kneisley was named senior vice president and general manager of Lee Hecht Harrison’s office in Woodland Hills. She will be responsible for sales and marketing, as well as overseeing outplacement, executive coaching, and career development services. Kneisley was most recently area sales director at Drake Beam Morin in Los Angeles. Real Estate Howe S. Foster was promoted to vice president and branch manager of Daum Commercial Real Estate in Camarillo. He will be responsible for recruiting, business development and agent support. Foster was most recently branch manager at the company’s Woodland Hills office.

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