California State University-Fullerton said Kari Knutson Miller will replace Anil Puri as provost and vice president of academic affairs on Jan. 1. Her term is through June 2020. She is dean of university extended education and associate vice president of international programs and global engagement. CSUF President Mildred García said in a statement that Puri told the school he couldn’t “offer a long-term commitment.”

— Paul Hughes


Cleveland-based CBIZ Inc., the No. 10 U.S. accounting firm, bought McKay & Carnahan Inc. of Newport Beach on undisclosed terms. McKay recorded 2016 revenue of $2.5 million. International firm CBIZ & Mayer, Hoffman McCann P.C. had $800 million in 2016 sales, and its Irvine office ranked 39th on the Business Journal’s list of OC accounting firms.

— Pete Weitzner


Edwards Lifesciences Corp. in Irvine bought Harpoon Medical Inc. in Baltimore on Dec. 1 for $100 million; milestone payments over the next decade could bring the total price to $250 million. It invested in Harpoon in 2015 and took an option to buy the company, which makes a minimally invasive device.

— Paul Hughes

Joe and Sarah Kiani received the Anti-Defamation League’s Humanitarian Award. He’s founder and chief executive of device maker Masimo Corp. in Irvine. The couple founded the Patient Safety Movement, which works to reduce preventable patient deaths in U.S. hospitals. The award from the civil rights group recognizes professional leadership and philanthropic and civic contributions.

— Paul Hughes


Brighton Management bought the 150-room Hyatt Place in Vista from Irvine-based Core Capital Management LLC for $27 million, or $180,000 per room. Newport Beach-based Brighton owns and operates hotels.

— Paul Hughes

and Ray Huard

Island Hotel changed its name to Fashion Island Hotel. Elements of the switch include integrating amenities and activities between the hotel and the Fashion Island mall with trunk shows, personal shoppers, gift cards, and a trolley that will travel between the two. Meanwhile, the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach is being renovated and reflagged as a Hyatt Regency.

— Paul Hughes


One of OC’s most recognized marketing firms is at the center of a sexual harassment lawsuit. NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon, co-founder and president of Sports 1 Marketing in Irvine, has been sued for sexual harassment by his former assistant, according to a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court by Wendy Haskell, who alleges the former quarterback made unwanted sexual advances and that he drugged her on a trip to Mexico. Moon’s lawyer, Daniela Fears of Payne & Fears LLP in Irvine, denied the allegations.