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Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems has appointed Frank DeFina as president. DeFina will serve concurrently as president of the Panasonic Security & Digital Imagine (PSDI) Company.

The Society of Broadcast Engineers has hired Galen Hassinger as its frequency coordination director.

Sierra Video Systems named Rick Grant as its new chief technology officer. Grant, along with his brother Bob Grant and Larry Arzt, began Sierra Video Systems in 1985.

Videotek promoted Polo Recuay to vice president of engineering.

Wolfgang Schmittseifer will become Rohde & Schwarz's managing director for marketing and sales in North America as of July 1, 2001.

National TeleConsultants announced that Jay Fine, has been named managing director.

Emerson Ray joined Sundance Digital as director of sales, East region.

Starz Encore Group LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Group, has named John Beyler as its new vice president of technology.

Doug Bulter has been named director of engineering at A.F. Associates. Butler will be responsible for the on-going development and daily management of AFA's project engineering team.

Odetics Broadcast announced several promotions including William Keegan from director of North American sales to vice president of worldwide sales, Carol Marsh from engineering services manager to director of operations, and Tim Sullivan from manager of customer satisfaction to director of customer service.