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Biz briefly: Pimco promotes 6 to managing director; Yost is new CalOptima chair; Wilson Auto sells 1 millionth car, donates Tundra

Pimco in Newport Beach has promoted several associates to managing director. They include:

Michael Cudzil, a senior member of the liability driven investment portfolio management team.

Sachin Gupta, global portfolio manager and head of the Global Desk.

John Kirkowski, a member of Pimco’s executive office with responsibility for financial and strategic initiatives.

Rene Martel, head of pension solutions in the Americas and focuses on liability-driven investments, asset allocation and asset-liability management strategies for pension funds and insurance companies.

Roger Nieves, head of the enterprise coverage team within Pimco’s U.S. Global Wealth Management group.

Cathleen Stahl, head of global marketing at Pimco.

Dr. Paul Yost has been elected chair of the CalOptima board, effective March 31. Yost will serve in the role being vacated by Mark Refowitz, who is leaving when he retires as director of the Orange County Health Care Agency at the end of this month. Dr. Yost will complete the remaining portion of Mr. Refowitz’ term, through June 30, 2017, until another election is held. Dr. Yost previously served on CalOptima’s Board from 2001–09 and was reappointed in August 2016. He practices adult and pediatric anesthesiology through Allied Anesthesia and is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital and CHOC Children’s. Dr. Yost is also serving as the director of cardiothoracic anesthesia at St. Joseph.

Pamela Fleming has been promoted to director of human resources at Fuscoe Engineering in Irvine. Fleming has worked 10 years at Fuscoe Engineering and oversees the firm’s HR team and all of its human resource functions.

Burnham Benefits Insurance Services in Irvine has promoted two associates within the firm to vice president: Rachel Aleknavicius and Helen Vits. Aleknavicius joined Burnham in 2013 and has more than 15 years of industry experience. Vits has been with Burnham since 2014 and has more than a decade of industry experience.


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