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Advertising Jeff Wishmyer has been appointed sales manager of AdOut’s new advanced productivity solutions division, based in Van Nuys. He will be responsible for increasing sales and awareness at the newspaper advertising production company. Wishmyer was most recently with Multi-Ad Services in Peoria, Ill. Banking & Finance Cris Fulwider has been promoted to the new post of Thousand Oaks office manager of Los Robles Bank. He was previously vice president and commercial loan officer. Also, Lorraine Salas has been promoted to assistant vice president of the branch. Most recently, she was executive assistant to the president and CEO. Entertainment Steve Burg has been named visual effects art director and conceptual designer for Valencia-based Foundation Imaging. His first animation projects will be for Sony Television and Fox Family Channel. Burg’s credits include visual effects and set concepts for the feature films “Terminator 2” and “Contact.” Pam Coats was named senior vice president of creative development at Walt Disney Feature Animation. She will oversee development of creative elements for animated features and shorts produced by the division. Coats was previously producer of the animated feature film, “Mulan.” Also, Peter Cullen has been promoted to the new post of vice president of business development for Disney Channel. He will be responsible for overseeing all business planning and development for Disney/ABC Cable Networks. Cullen was most recently vice president of sales strategy for the channel. In addition, Elliot Tyson has joined Walt Disney Studios post-production services as lead re-recording mixer on Dubbing Stage A. Tyson was previously with Warner Hollywood Studios for 22 years. Don Gentile has been promoted to executive vice president and general manager of Pacific Title Archives, located in Glendale. Gentile was previously vice president of the company. Also, Dave Wedeen has been promoted to controller. His responsibilities will include supervising billing, accounts payable and receivables, and financial corporate reporting services. Wedeen was most recently manager of business affairs. In addition, Roger Bell has been named head of sales at the company. He will serve as a liaison to present clients and will spearhead new sales. Bell was previously executive director of library services for Twentieth Century Fox. Barry Gordon has been appointed director of business development at Image Entertainment, based in Chatsworth. His responsibilities include opening new sales and distribution channels for the optical disc programming licensee and distribution company’s DVD business. Gordon was most recently vice president of sales and merchandising at STV Communications. Also, Wayne Mooney has been named director of production. He will oversee all aspects of the company’s DVD, laser disc and VHS production. Mooney was most recently with Pioneer Video Manufacturing Inc. In addition, Marty Sikich has been named director of purchasing for the company. His duties will include buying DVDs from major studios and product suppliers. He was most recently national video product manager for Virgin Retail Group USA. William A. Sutman has been appointed chief financial officer of Universal Pictures. His responsibilities will include the studio’s financial activities, strategic planning and performance monitoring. Sutman was most recently vice president and controller for the studio. Also, Glenn J. Gumpel has been promoted to president of international business affairs for Universal Studios Recreation Group. He will represent the studio in all of its recreation-related international activities. Gumpel was most recently the division’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. Health Care Cathy Allen has been promoted to vice president of corporate human resources for WellPoint Health Networks Inc., based in Thousand Oaks. Her responsibilities include human resources issues relating to employee relations, staffing and benefits administration. Allen was most recently human resources director of shared services for the managed care company. Manufacturing Fabrizio Bonanni has been appointed senior vice president of quality and compliance at Thousand Oaks-based Amgen. He will be involved in product launches and manufacturing facility start-ups for the biotechnology company. Bonanni was most recently corporate vice president of regulatory and clinical affairs for Baxter International. New Media Kevin Mayer has been named senior vice president of Disney’s Buena Vista Internet Group, located in Burbank. His responsibilities will include general managing all international businesses for the company. Mayer was most recently senior vice president of strategic planning for the Walt Disney Co. Gary Rosenblum has been named president of the environmental health and safety multimedia division of Digital Corporate Profiles, based in Encino. He will develop business for the division’s CD-ROM product. Rosenblum previously worked in environmental health and safety at Atlantic Richfield Co. Real Estate Peter E. Puzo has been named senior vice president and managing director of the Grubb & Ellis Co. office in Sherman Oaks. He will manage the office, which serves the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Conejo and Antelope valleys. Puzo was previously associate vice president with the firm’s office services group.

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