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Defense Department Recognizes Employer

Liana Tonoyan, chief information officer at Phonexa, a marketing automation firm in Glendale, has won the Patriotic Employer Award for her support of Ani Abrahamyan, a technical writer who also serves in the Air Force Reserves. The award is given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency in the Department of Defense, to supervisors who support service members with flexible scheduling, time off before or after deployment, leaves of absence or family care. “It’s important to recognize the employers who have and still support American Guard and Reserve members to complete their patriotic missions,” Abrahamyan said in a statement. “Liana has been an outstanding supervisor and mentor since my first day at Phonexa.” … Josh McMorrow is the new chief legal officer at Energy Vault, the Westlake Village renewable energy storage company. Last year, McMorrow led the initial public offering for Atotech Ltd. with a market capitalization of more than $4 billion. “Josh’s broad international experience spanning several relevant industries, combined with his deep expertise in transactional and regulatory matters, will be a tremendous asset to the company,” said Chief Executive Robert Piconi in a statement. … National Veterinary Associates in Agoura Hills has appointed Mark Dolfato as global chief development and strategy officer. In the new position, Dolfato will oversee expansion into new markets, partnerships and strategic acquisitions for the organization of more than 1,400 animal hospitals and pet resorts. “As a former member of NVA’s board of directors, Mark brings a deep understanding and appreciation for our mission to deliver world-class care and elevate the veterinary profession,” Chief Executive Greg Hartmann said in a statement. … House-flip financier Anchor Loans in Thousand Oaks has promoted Andrew Jewett and Tracey Williams to new positions as chief strategy officer and manager of corporate planning, respectively. Jewett will drive the company’s national expansion and new products. Williams will be responsible for project management. She formerly worked as a real estate investor in Calabasas with the flip of the former multi-million-dollar Hidden Hills estate of the late novelist and screenwriter William Blatty, which is currently owned by recording artist Drake.

“Anchor has a long history of promoting from within and Andrew and Tracey’s new roles are just the latest example,” Andrew Pollock, Anchor Loans’ chief executive, said in a statement. … ImmPact Bio USA Inc., a T-cell biotech research firm in Camarillo, has appointed Sylvain Roy as chief technology officer to manage technical operations and product quality. He previously served as vice president of manufacturing operations at ImmunityBio in Culver City. “He has made instrumental contributions to the success of multi-billion-dollar biologics and decisive progress in clinical programs,” Dr. Sumant Ramachandra, chief executive of ImmPact Bio, said in a statement. “We look forward to collaborating with him to advance our pipeline of next-generation CAR T-cell therapies to patients.

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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