Hannah Mitchell

Managing Editor

Hannah Mitchell is managing editor. She can be reached at mitchell@ocbj.com.

Email: mitchell@ocbj.com
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Leadership changes were announced at Huntington Beach-based Boardriders Inc. following the presumed death of Chief Executive Pierre Agnes, who was lost at sea off the coast of France.

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Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 6

Irvine-based fintech firm AutoGravity, which provides auto financing through smartphones, signed up another automaker: Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.

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Vanguard University in Costa Mesa will open a new science lab this fall, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation.

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Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 4

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County said President and Artistic Director John Mangum will leave the group this spring to become executive director and chief executive of the Houston Symphony.

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Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 3

Irvine-based Mazda Motor of America Inc. said it plans to open a $1.6 billion manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Ala., in a joint-venture with Toyota Motor Corp.

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Alstyle Apparel will close its Anaheim distribution center and lay off 81 people, according to filings with the state.

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Irvine-based Karma Automotive LLC tapped Liang Zhou to replace Thomas Corcoran as chief executive of the luxury carmaker.

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California State University-Fullerton said Kari Knutson Miller will replace Anil Puri as provost and vice president of academic affairs on Jan. 1.

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Bob Chapek, head of the Walt Disney Co.’s parks and resorts division, is viewed as the successor to Bob Iger, according to Bloomberg News, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.

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Amazon plans to hire more than 3,000 people to work at Inland Empire facilities, news reports said.

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Irvine-based healthcare REIT HCP Inc. said it will cut the amount its Brookdale Senior Living unit contributes to earnings from 27% to about 16%. The Brentwood, Tenn.-based senior housing operator’s declining occupancy rate has dragged down HCP shares.

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St. John Knits International Inc. will cut 72 jobs in Irvine, effective Dec. 11, according to a filing with the state.

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The University of California-Irvine said it will create a Center for Jewish Studies to bring together faculty, students, visiting scholars and members of the public interested in exploring Judaism.

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The South Orange County Community College District said Interim Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons will retire on Dec. 30.

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Concordia University Irvine President Kurt Krueger will step down on June 30 at the end of the academic year.

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An outdoor amphitheater that will temporarily replace the former Irvine Meadows is scheduled to open this weekend next to Great Park in Irvine.

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Chapman University said its Dale E. Fowler School of Law received a $1.125 million gift from Newport Beach-based personal injury law firm Bergener Mirejovsky APC to fund a scholarship for law school students for six years, among other efforts.

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The local units of Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins Inc. could be in line for another shakeup following its planned $30 billion sale to Conn.-based United Technologies Corp.

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The University of California-Irvine said Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker Microsemi Corp. donated $1.5 million to the university.

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California students of the defunct Corinthian Colleges Inc. will receive $51 million in student loan relief, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said, joining other U.S. attorneys general in the announcement. The AGs struck the deal alongside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. An Oregon bankruptcy judge must give final approval.

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University of California-Irvine researchers received more than $378 million in grants and contract funding for fiscal 2016-17, the second-highest total in campus history after last year, when it got $395 million, UCI said. The lower total this year is due to decreased federal funding, according to UCI. It said most grants in 2016-17 went to health research.

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Anaheim retail and entertainment complex Downtown Disney will get a virtual reality experience this year.

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Argosy University in Orange said it will launch a master of law in compliance online degree program with a health law concentration in September.

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Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine hired Bill Peffer as vice president of sales, a position Michael Sprague held until he was promoted to chief operating officer in 2015.

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The University of California-Irvine ranked No. 1 on the New York Times’ recent College Access Index.

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Irvine-based First Foundation Inc. purchased Community 1st Bancorp for $50.4 million in stock to increase its presence in Sacramento.

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Deloitte & Touche LLP named Tim Brandt chief of its Orange County offices, where he’ll oversee 750 employees.

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Hines Growers Inc. will close its San Juan Capistrano location, effective Oct. 1, affecting 115 workers, a California EDD Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filing said.

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An OC Superior Court jury awarded the former Superior Automotive Group $256.5 million in damages in its fraud case against Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., the financing arm of Nissan Motor Ltd.

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The Pacific Symphony moved into a new headquarters office in Irvine.

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Hybrid Apparel in Cypress launched the Love Tribe brand, a Disney princess-themed line of clothing for young women that’s available only at Macy’s department stores.

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Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations hired Dino Bernacchi as chief marketing officer, a new position.

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Arle Capital Partners Ltd., the London-based private equity firm that last year took public the parent company of Palace Entertainment Holdings LLC, sold a 15% stake in the parent for about $221 million to Belgium-based investor Groupe Bruxelles Lambert.

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John Mack, former chairman and chief executive at Morgan Stanley, was appointed chairman of the board of managers of Newport Beach-based Lantern Credit LLC.

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Nancy Alvarez, assistant dean of experiential education and continuing professional development at Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy, was inducted as president of the American Pharmacists Association.

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Satellite launch company Rocket Lab moved its headquarters from Los Angeles to Huntington Beach as it completed a $75 million funding round led by San Francisco-based venture capital fund Data Collective.

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University of California-Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business launched a master’s degree program in business analytics, which the school says is in response to high demand from businesses, recruiters and students.

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Michael Drake, former chancellor of the University of California-Irvine, and his wife, Brenda, will receive the UCI Medal at the Lauds & Laurels celebration on March 30.

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California State University-Fullerton President Mildred García is scheduled to receive the 2017 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award on March 14 from the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.

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A bankruptcy court judge approved Quiksilver Inc.’s settlement agreement with 26 former employees who were looking to collect about $7 million in severance pay, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

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Disneyland Resort in Anaheim will open Star Wars Land in 2019, Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger said on the company’s quarterly conference call. He didn’t specify an opening date.

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Wet Seal LLC in Irvine filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week and is taking steps to liquidate its assets.

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Ad agency Grupo Gallegos in Huntington Beach rebranded itself as GALLEGOS United after buying two companies on undisclosed terms—New York-based digital agency Canvas and public relations shop RL Public Relations & Marketing in Los Angeles.

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Wet Seal LLC is exploring liquidation or a sale, according to news reports.

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Boeing Co. said it will start another round of engineer buyouts, including at its Southern California operations, and said it will issue layoff notices this month in Washington state, according to news reports.

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An affiliate of private investment firm Admiralty Partners Inc. acquired General Electric’s Santa Ana aerospace business unit and plans to maintain it at its present location under the name Integral Aerospace LLC, according to news reports.

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Yamaha Motor Corp. USA in Cypress said its Kennesaw, Ga.-based Outdoor Power Equipment division acquired Subaru Industrial Power Products on undisclosed terms.

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The University of California-Irvine opened a Center for Critical Korean Studies with a grant of about $850,000 from the Academy of Korean Studies in Seongnam, South Korea.

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Greensboro, N.C.-based VF Corp. promoted Vans Inc. President Kevin Bailey to the same post for the parent company’s Asia-Pacific region.

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