Oregon-based Providence Health & Services administrator Larry Bowe has been appointed CEO of the 254-bed Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, replacing Kerry Carmody, who was named COO of the Providence California operations late last year. Bowe told the Business Journal there were two important factors that led him to accept the appointment. “Holy Cross Medical Center is a world class hospital, in the top five percent in clinical measures in the country,” he said. “It’s a great culture of employee engagement and satisfaction, as well as physician satisfaction,and a fun place to be and a great place to get care.” The other reason he gave for jumping at the chance to run Holy Cross was more personal. Bowe lost his 30-year-old son Ryan to a heart attack less than two years ago. “My son Travis has been in L.A. for ten years,” Bowe said. “He went to Loyola Marymount, and works in television, and it will be good to be closer to him.” Bowe, currently chief executive of the Providence Yamhill service area in Oregon, which includes Providence Newberg Medical Center, will take his new post April 20. Bowe will take the reins of Providence Holy Cross without a major thorn that stuck in his predecessor’s side for at least two years, as the Los Angeles City Council gave final approval for construction of the 136-bed expansion, already underway. Work had been halted for months by protests from Councilman Richard Alar & #231;on, local residents and other groups. “I’m very excited by the expansion,” Bowe said. “I built the first LEED Gold-certified hospital in the country, and I’m looking forward to being part of that process again.” LEED certification is an industrial standard designating facilities as inculcating the highest available clean technology in construction and operation. As far as Los Angeles’ notoriously schizophrenic politics are concerned, Bowe said he’s ready. “I could never fill Kerry Carmody’s shoes physically; he’s a big guy,” Bowe said. “And I’m a little guy, but I was a political science major and I love that stuff.” Bowe believes Carmody and Providence Health & Services, Southern California CEO, Arnie Schaffer offered him the job at Holy Cross because of the “national results” he achieved at Newberg in Oregon, as well as his experience with major hospital construction projects. Providence Holy Cross, which has one of the few remaining trauma centers in the region, will mark its 25th anniversary next month “Providence Holy Cross is very fortunate to have a man of Larry Bowe’s caliber take over the reins,” said Kerry Carmody. Bowe’s first career was as a lawyer. He switched to healthcare after getting a master’s degree in healthcare administration from University of Colorado, Denver. He has been with Providence for 14 years. – Thom Senzee Education California State University, Northridge has appointed Brittny A. McCarthy as director of government and community relations. She will work with the University Advancement team, serving as the lead ambassador to local community groups as well as regional, state, and national elected officials and their staffs. Previously, McCarthy served as a senior legislative aide for Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-Minn) where she specialized in education policy. She was later director of federal relations and a registered lobbyist for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Most recently, McCarthy was a higher education consultant on government relations and policy for AASCU, California Institute of the Arts, and Tipping Point Strategies. Energy AM Oil Resources & Technology Inc. of Valencia has selected Keith Alan Johnson as president and CEO, replacing Anthony Miller who has resigned from all positions with the company. Johnson spent more than 20 years with Southern California Gas Co. and most recently served as executive vice president of marketing for Green Aero Energy where he was responsible for the development of marketing strategies to bring new, state-of-the-art wind technology into the marketplace. Entertainment Matthew Grossman has been named as vice president, corporate communication, Europe, Middle East and Africa for The Walt Disney Co. Grossman will be based in London and manage Disney’s public profile in the media, coordinate communications for various business units, manage internal communications, and provide communications counsel and guidance to Disney’s European executives. Prior to joining Disney, Grossman was senior vice president, International at Edelman Public Relations in Paris, and as senior vice president, Digital Entertainment, Rights and Technology at Edelman in the U.S. Government Former Assemblywoman Sharon Runner has been appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwar-zenegger to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Runner represented Assembly District 36 in the Antelope Valley from 2002 to 2008. She has served as the vice chair of the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, & Internet Media Committee and chaired the Republican Women’s Caucus. Runner also served on the Assembly Appropriations, Housing, and Veterans Affairs Committees. Healthcare Dr. Brian Durie is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Waldenstr & #246;m’s Award for lifetime achievement in recognition of his contributions to finding a cure for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. Durie is the co-founder and chairman of the International Myeloma Foundation, headquartered in North Hollywood. The award was presented at the opening of the XII International Myeloma Workshop that took place in Washington, D.C. in February. Manufacturing Sherman Oaks entrepreneur Douglas A. Pick, founder of DAP World, Inc., is being honored by New Horizons as the recipient of its annual Partner for Independence Award. This is the first year an employer has been presented with the award. Pick founded DAP World, the maker of a variety of ear plugs sold in retail stores nationally, in 1992. He has provided jobs to more than 220 New Horizons clients. Printing Color West, Inc. in Burbank has hired Rene Cabrera as a sales professional. Cabrera has had a 27-year sales career, beginning in the printing trade as a customer service representative. He and his wife Jody reside in Thousand Oaks. Publishing Gregg Bertness has been named as vice president of sales for the Daily News. Prior to joining the Daily News, Bertness served in similar positions with the Torrance Daily Breeze and Times Community Newspapers in Glendale. He replaces Michael Reagan. In addition, Joe Brenneman, general manager of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, takes on expanded duties directing the sales divisions of Los Angeles News Group newspaper including the Daily News. Real Estate Stephen Stein is heading back downtown to serve again as regional manager of the Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services office in the Los Angeles office. Stein previously served in the position from April 1999 to May 2003. He has also been regional manager of the Long Beach office and in January 2008 was promoted to vice president investments. Stein has been the recipient of 10 sales recognition awards during his career. Technology Jennifer Hankes Painter has been appointed as vice president, general counsel at MRV Communications Inc. She is a graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles with expertise in corporate law, regulatory compliance, litigation, and negotiations. Prior to MRV, Painter was vice president, assistant general counsel for The Ryland Group, Inc., and vice president, general counsel at Cadiz Inc., a water and agricultural company. Kevin J. Riley, president and general manager of Teledyne Scientific & Imaging was awarded the Henry Levinstein Award for a lifetime of achievement in “outstanding technical and management contributions in the development of Focal Plane Arrays for the military sensing community and national defense.” The award is presented by the MSS Detector Specialty Group, a forum of nationally recognized infrared technologists. Riley received his bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in physics from Syracuse University, where he studied under the award’s namesake.