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Ken Ikari, David J. Brown, Ronald Hicks

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Ken Ikari has joined the law firm Reed Smith as a senior attorney working from the firm’s Los Angeles office.
 
Ikari specializes in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and commercial transactions. He has been involved in numerous public and private mergers and acquisitions on behalf of clients in a variety of industries, including banks and other financial institutions as well as computer software, biotechnology and other high-tech companies. In addition, Ikari has handled many public offerings of equity and debt securities as well as non-registered offerings.
 
Ikari previously worked at the law firm Irell & Manella, and before that at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Los Angeles, where he managed complex financial transactions and handled a variety of mergers and acquisitions.  He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1986, and his JD from Harvard Law School in 1989.  He is admitted to practice in both California and New York.
 

 
David J. Brown has been named director of project services at Integrated Project Services, an engineering, procurement, construction management, and validation company dedicated to assisting pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. IPS is based in Lafayette Hill, Pa.
 
Brown will lead the project services and project controls teams, and will also oversee the implementation of a wide range of project control functions such as estimating, planning, cost control, change management, progress measurement, risk management, and cash flow projections.
 
During his 23-year career, Brown has focused on project controls and mechanical engineering for clients in the commercial, institutional, healthcare, government, manufacturing, and life sciences industries. He was responsible for overseeing numerous mechanical systems for bulk pharmaceuticals including oral solid dosage, biotech facilities including cell culture, purification and aseptic fill/finish, biological and chemical laboratories, pilot plants, warm and cold rooms, central plants and utilities.
 
Before joining IPS, Brown was Northeast regional director of project services with CH2M Hill Lockwood Greene, where he was responsible for project services for all business sectors. Previously, he was director of project services at Technip BioPharm, and held several positions with increasing focus and responsibility on cost control at Foster Wheeler and Davy McKee Kvaerner John Brown, a division of Kvaerner US.
Brown received his bachelor's degree in Biophysics and Electronics Engineering from the University of Scranton.
 

 
Ronald Hicks has been named president and CEO of the Rockland Economic Development Corporation (REDC), the public-private group announced May 2.
 
Chosen from a pool of more than 35 candidates, Hicks will oversee development of a strategy intended to encourage and facilitate regional, national, and international businesses to locate, remain, and grow in Rockland County, NY, a suburban county north of New York.
 
Hicks previously served as director of economic development for the city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he established an economic development and real estate office, helped establish the city’s Business Improvement District, and collaborated with the city’s planning director and private developers on projects totaling more than $1 billion. Before that position, Hicks served as director of the Hudson Valley Region of New York state’s economic development agency, the Empire State Development Corporation.
 
REDC receives financial support from Rockland County government, the US Department of Defense, corporate and foundation grants, and private-sector contributions.

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