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VALLEY INSIDER

At its Dec. 2 meeting on Zoom, the Calabasas City Council recognized Fred Gaines for his service. Gaines, a partner at Encino law firm Gaines & Stacey who has served on the Council since 2011 including two stints as mayor, received online tributes State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, VICA Chairman Brad Rosenheim and L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin.

Gaines did not run for re-election  so he can concentrate on his new chairmanship at Valley Economic Alliance. … Simulations Plus Inc. in Lancaster has hired Will Frederick as chief financial officer.

He previously worked at other drug simulation companies Avaya and Pharsight, as well as Ford Motor Co.

and Walt Disney Co.

in Burbank.

Frederick succeeds John Kneisel, who retired. … MannKind Corp. has appointed Sabrina Kay to its board. She is chief executive of Fremont Private Investments, where she has developed companies for acquisition that include Premier Business Bank and Art Institute of Hollywood.

“Her entrepreneurial vision will be a critical asset for MannKind as the company continues to evolve and the pipeline expands,” Kent Kresa, chairman of the Westlake Village biotech, said in a statement. … Omni Agent Solutions, a company that manages outreach and distribution to victims and creditors in Chapter 11 filings, has appointed Mike Hume as chief technology officer at its Woodland Hills office. Omni handles some high-profile cases, including Radioshack Corp., Forever 21 Inc.

and Boy Scouts of America.

“With Mike’s understanding of compliance and the many layers of security necessary to support our services, he will bring to bear the latest technologies for our clients,” Omni Chief Executive Brian Osborne said in a statement. … Vahid Khorsand has become the West San Fernando Valley Area Representative for the remainder of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s term. That means Khorsand is taking a two-year break from his equities research firm, BWS Financial in Woodland Hills, as well as his post on the Los Angeles Planning Commission. But he believes he’ll be of greater use in his new role because of lingering effects of COVID-19 “and what I expect will be an even more difficult year ahead,” he said.Valley Insider is compiled by Editor  Joel Russell. Send submissions to  jrussell@sfvbj.com.

Joel Russel
Joel Russel
Joel Russell joined the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2006 as a reporter. He transferred to sister publication San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2012 as managing editor. Since he assumed the position of editor in 2015, the Business Journal has been recognized four times as the best small-circulation tabloid business publication in the country by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. Previously, he worked as senior editor at Hispanic Business magazine and editor of Business Mexico.
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