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  People & Companies

May 25, 2017

Columbia Asia


Columbia Asia, a Seattle-based health care company that does business in Asia, appointed Dr. Kelvin Loh its new CEO. Loh worked at the health care company Parkway Pantai as chief executive of the Singapore operations division. Columbia Asia is part of Columbia Pacific Management. It has developed and operates 27 hospitals and two clinics in India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Kenya, and will open new hospitals this year in the Klang Valley of Malaysia and Bangalore, India.

Dorsey & Whitney


The law firm Dorsey & Whitney hired Erin C. Kolter to the Intellectual Property Litigation Group in Seattle as of counsel. Kolter was a partner until 2015 in the Intellectual Property Litigation group of Kirkland & Ellis in Los Angeles. Dorsey has offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

May 24, 2017

Community and Technical Colleges


The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges named Jan Yoshiwara executive director, replacing retiring executive director Marty Brown. Yoshiwara is the board's deputy executive director for education. Yoshiwara oversees grants, supervises research, builds partnerships and advocates for 34 community and technical colleges, which serve about 381,000 students.

Phillips Burgess Law


Phillips Burgess Law said senior associate Trevor Zandell is president of Thurston County Bar Association. Zandell has served on the TCBA board for four years. The firm has offices in Olympia and Tacoma.

May 23, 2017

Banner Bank


Banner Bank promoted Jim McLean to executive vice president of the Commercial Real Estate Lending Division, filling the position vacated by Doug Bennett's retirement. McLean will lead a team of about 80 people in five states, including the Multifamily Lending Group, Commercial Real Estate Specialty Unit, Residential Construction and Income Property Divisions, and loan administration for the division.

Portland State University

Portland State University has named Rahmat Shoureshi as the school's next president. Shoureshi has been interim president of New York Institute of Technology. He replaces Wim Wiewel, who has held the post since 2008.

Russell Investments

Russell Investments of Seattle said Keith McRedmond joined as managing director of business development for U.S. Private Client Services. He spent six years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and will be based in New York.

May 19, 2017



Kelly J. Lawler has joined DESC as director of information services. She has 20 years of tech experience at companies, nonprofits and two Olympic Games. Her team of 10 supports more than 600 employees who serve almost 10,000 homeless people.

vCORE Technology Partners

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based vCORE Technology Partners is expanding in Washington state with a new office in Renton. The firm provides IT services, with locations in six U.S. states and Canada. The Renton office will be in Triton Towers. Clients include media, health care and technology companies.

School's Out Washington

School's Out Washington has a new CEO: Elizabeth Whitford. She was executive director of Arts Corps, an arts education and youth development organization, and was executive director of Odyssey Youth Center in Spokane. SOWA focuses on after-school, youth development and summer programs for children and youth.

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