Enrique Dussan has been named vice president of media services at República, a Miami-based advertising, branding, promotions, digital and communications agency. In this new senior-level position, he will be responsible for República's media division. Before joining República, he was vice president and director of communications planning at Wing/Grey Global. He also has worked as vice president of media at MARCA; vice president of media services at MFP&W/JWT; vice president and group media director at Casanova Pendrill/Universal McCann NY; and president of Koncecom/Ketchum Puerto Rico.
Elissa Vanaver has been named director of strategic planning for Breakthrough Miami, an organization that provides academics, enrichment and mentoring for economically disadvantaged middle and high school students and has been nationally recognized for its student-teaching-students internships for college students. Before joining Breakthrough, she was vice president for human resources and assistant to the publisher for the Miami Herald Media Company, and, between 2000 and 2002, managing editor of The Miami Herald.
Alina Falcon named senior executive vice president for news and alternative programming at Telemundo Media
Alina Falcon has been named senior executive vice president for news and alternative programming at Telemundo Media. She will have strategic and operational oversight of all Telemundo news properties including “Al Rojo Vivo with Maria Celeste,” “Noticiero Telemundo,” and the Sunday public affairs show “Enfoque with Jose Diaz-Balart.” She also will supervise the overall news programming strategy at the local Telemundo stations and will oversee the network’s domestic and international news bureaus and all on-air news talent development. She also will supervise Telemundo’s alternative and reality programming and popular specials including “Billboard Latin Music Awards” and “Miss Universe.” Before joining the network, she held several leadership positions at Univision Communications, most recently as president of news.
David Feinberg has been named vice president of retail services at Tropical Financial Credit Union. He will be responsible for overseeing the processes of the branch network, the member contact center and the business services division. He also will run the credit union's sales program and manage procedures for the branches, the contact center and business banking. Before joining the credit union, he was senior vice president at Northwest Savings Bank, South Florida region. Before that, he worked nine years at AmTrust Bank, holding various positions including regional vice president.
Maria Romero has been named executive director of strategic planning at MARCA Miami, a national advertising and marketing communications agency. She has more than 25 years experience managing large consumer brands in the United States and Latin America. Before joining Marca, she was head of Accentmarketing from 2005 through 2010. She also held key positions at Kallir Phillips Ross and Dorland Sweeney Jones and has contributed her expertise to industry groups including the American Association of Advertising Agencies.
James N. Robinson II promoted to partner in the global commercial litigation practice of White & Case
James N. Robinson II has been promoted to partner in the global commercial litigation practice of White & Case in Miami. His practice includes litigation in state and federal courts, where he represents banking clients in lender liability and commercial foreclosure lawsuits. He was an associate at the law firm.
Gregory Kurth named president and chief executive officer of Kids In Distress of Broward and Palm Beach counties
Gregory Kurth is has been named president and chief executive officer of Kids In Distress of Broward and Palm Beach counties, replacing Thomas J. Tomczyk who is retiring after serving as the president and CEO since 1996. Kurth will oversee the agency, which works toward the prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family, and the care and treatment of abused and neglected children. An experienced social services executive, he was CEO of Family Services of Metro Orlando, a community-based agency that manages all services for families involved with child protection in two counties. He also was senior vice president of One Hope United in Chicago.
Alicia Grande promoted to vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer at Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc.
Alicia Grande has been promoted to vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer at Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. in Coral Gables. She was corporate controller and chief accounting officer before the promotion. Jack Weinstein, the current CFO, is leaving the company to pursue other interests. Before joining Catalyst in January 2007, Grande was employed by The Hackett Group, Inc. (formerly known as Answerthink, Inc.), where she was senior director of finance responsible for all external and SEC financial reporting. She also served as head of The Hackett Group’s Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance team. Before joining The Hackett Group, she worked for several public accounting firms including Arthur Andersen LLP.
Raul Reis has been named dean of the FIU School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He succeeds Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver as dean. In his new role, Reis will work with FIU Provost Douglas Wartzok and SJMC administration and faculty to fulfill his priorities for the school, which include innovation, global education and engagement with the professional and global community. Before joining FIU, he was professor of journalism and mass communication at California State University, Long Beach, where he also served as a department chair. He began his academic and professional career in his native Brazil, where he worked as a reporter, writer and assistant editor for several newspapers.
Siddharth Chary and Joey McCall have joined the Miami-based litigation law firm of Farrell & Patel, as associates.
Chary works closely with senior partner Ricky Patel and attorney Mark Weiner on a comprehensive range of immigration matters. He also assists law partner Aaron Resnick in matters of asset protection and complex trusts.