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Accounting Paul W. Dobson and Charles McCann have been appointed officers of Kellogg & Andelson Accountancy Corp. in Sherman Oaks. Advertising Michael Ross has been named to the newly created position of vice president of marketing at Another Large Production, a broadcast and print promotion, production and design firm specializing in the branding of television, home video and theatrical products. He will be responsible for overseeing all marketing and new business activities for the organization. He will focus on increasing the company’s marketing campaigns in the areas of cable, Internet, and direct-to-home television promotions. Ross joins Another Large Production from Palisades Media Group, a media buying service specializing in entertainment media. There, he served as vice president of marketing and strategic planning. Banking Jason L. Carignan has been appointed assistant vice president, marketing project manager of Glendale Federal Bank’s business banking division. In his new position, Carignan will direct and oversee marketing and advertising efforts pertaining to the bank’s community business, SBA, agribusiness, commercial markets and government services product lines. He joined the bank in 1995 to manage retail/branch-based promotions and was appointed to marketing project manager in 1996. Matthew D. Tully has also been appointed assistant vice president, marketing project manager. He will direct and oversee the development and production of marketing materials for Glendale Federal’s consumer banking unit and Glenfed brokerage services, a bank subsidiary. He is also responsible for creating and distributing materials related to Glendale Federal’s acquisitions of CenFed Bank and Redlands Federal Bank. He joined the bank in 1993 and worked in various capacities with the bank’s corporate communications and marketing groups prior to his most recent appointment. Entertainment John J. Feenie has been named to the newly created position of executive vice president for China affairs at the Walt Disney Co. He will be based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Burbank and will oversee and coordinate all of the company’s activities in China. In addition, he will continue to be responsible for DisneyFest, a new mobile Disney experience that combines a mini theme park with a retail environment. Feenie has worked for Disney in the Asia region for 10 years and has held the position of president of Walt Disney consumer products, Asia/Pacific, since 1994. Sales in the region have increased six-fold during his tenure. Feenie holds an MBA from Macquarie University in Australia and also attended Harvard Business School’s advanced management program. Peter L. Kaufman has been hired as vice president of business and legal affairs for North Hollywood-based Film Roman. He joins the company from Live Entertainment, where he was director of business and legal affairs. Previously, Kaufman was in private practice where he represented independent theatrical and television producers, screenwriters, talent, and theatrical distributors. Paul Rasmusson has been appointed group information officer for Universal Pictures. He will be responsible for using technology in support of Universal Pictures’ business initiatives, including entry into new markets, exploitation of Universal’s film library, growth in international businesses, reducing costs and building strong sales and distribution capabilities. Since 1995, Rasmusson has served as vice president, home entertainment and imaging, with responsibility for developing system plans in support of film distribution, accounting, marketing, category management, home video distribution, pay television and creative services. Prior to joining Universal, Rasmusson was vice president of motion picture group systems at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Allan Yasnyi has been named president and CEO of Glendale-based ASI Entertainment, a television research firm. He is combining his company, the Synapse Communications Group Inc., with ASI Entertainment. Synapse’s emphasis on strategic pre-planning and development, along with executive and consulting services to media companies, will be coupled with ASIE’s expertise in researching and analyzing programming. ASIE’s services include development, post-production research and consulting. Prior to founding Synapse, Yasnyi served as chairman and chief executive of Quinn Martin Productions, a company that included merchandising, licensing, music publishing operations and a television production company. Yasnyi is currently executive director and an adjunct professor with the Entertainment Technology Center, a research unit of USC. Health Care William D. Nicely has been appointed chief executive of Sherman Oaks-based HemaCare Corp. Nicely most recently served as chief executive for the American Red Cross Blood Services, Southern California region. Previously, he served as chief executive with several major medical centers and health care institutions in the Southwest. HemaCare has been a provider of blood products and services since its inception in 1978. Corinne Sanchez, Richard Seidman, and Philip “Flip” Smith have been named to the board of directors of the Northridge Hospital Medical Center. Sanchez is president and chief executive of El Proyecto Del Barrio Inc., San Fernando Valley. She has spent almost 30 years serving both professional and community organizations and has worked for El Proyecto Del Barrio, a comprehensive community services and advocacy organization for Latinos and other economically disadvantaged populations, for 20 years. She is also affiliated with the California Health Policy and Data Advisory Commission, the San Fernando Valley Unity Coalition, and the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives. Seidman is a pediatrician and medical director of Northeast Valley Health Corp. He has worked with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and served as chief resident in preventative medicine at the UCLA. He practices patient care at three San Fernando Valley hospitals and is a member of the L.A. Care Children’s Health Consultant Advisory Committee. Smith is the immediate past president of the Mid Valley Chamber of Commerce and owner of Flip’s Tire Center and Flip’s Performance Concepts in Van Nuys. He received the Fernando Award in 1997 for more than 20 years of volunteerism. He currently participates in organizations such as the Mid Valley Community Police Council and the Community Police Advisory Board, Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, and Rotary Club of Van Nuys. Woodland Hills-based Health Net has promoted Cindy Gentry to vice president for special accounts labor and trust. Gentry came from Health Net’s Northern California office where she was vice president of special accounts in charge of more than 70 accounts and 450,000 members. In her new position, she will oversee more than $1 billion in business, along with more than 200 commercial and labor trust accounts. She will also be responsible for new case sales and will continue to manage current business accounts. Gentry has 16 years of sales experience in the health care industry and is an expert in evaluating consumer feedback. Health Net is also expanding the responsibilities of Gary Morgan, who will take over regional sales as vice president. Morgan was vice president of individual sales before taking on his new position. Part of his new duties will include being in charge of statewide sales and account management for 2,500 accounts at numerous brokerage firms. Before joining Health Net, Morgan worked in various sales positions at Blue Shield of California. Morgan is relocating to the company’s Century City office. High Tech Bill Melo has been named international marketing manager for Simi Valley-based Dataproducts Corp. Melo joined Dataproducts after nine years at Ricoh Corp. of West Caldwell, N.J., where he most recently served as national marketing manager. Prior to joining Ricoh, Mel spent two years as accounting manager and financial analyst at New York-based Tiger Information Systems. A native of New Jersey, Melo earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Montclair State College in New Jersey and holds an MBA from New York University’s Leonard Stern School of Business. Dataproducts is a wholly owned subsidiary of Group Hitachi Koki, a Japanese maker of digital and laser printers and printer engines. Edward A. Beeman has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Coyote Network Systems. He will be responsible for all aspects of finance, including treasury, accounting and information systems. Most recently, Beeman was chief financial officer for Western Water Co., a natural resource wholesaler to utility companies. Prior to that, Beeman was vice president and chief financial officer for Bird Medical Technologies Inc., a manufacturer and international marketer of medical equipment. Coyote Network Systems is headquartered in Westlake Village and provides telecom switches that enable telecom and Internet service providers to expand into new markets. The company also provides international long distance services to communication carriers and affinity groups.

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